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THE

THE KEEP
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THE BORDERLANDS
BORDERLANDS

First published in 1981 and written by Gary Gygax,


The Keep on the Borderlands is one of the best-loved classic modules TSR ever published for D&D. A basic
hack and slash introduction, this module had a very
simple premise: a place to equip, sell, and heal, and a
place to kill monsters. The plot was as basic as it gets
as well, little more than go kill the bad guys. Still,
for all its simplicity, this was the module that set the
standard for dungeon crawls after this point and it has
that basic feel of the first dungeon you ever went
through, that tingle of recognition: this is what it was
like to play this game the first times.

This module can be dropped into any location, it is


utterly devoid of character other than the simple requirement that it be at the fringes of civilization. The
Keep on the Borderlands is kept deliberately vague in
terms of what the name of the nobility is, where the
keep stands, what the countryside is like and so on in
order to let the GM place it anywhere they wish.
This is a novice adventure, for the most basic and low
level characters. It is designed to be as simple to run
and play as possible, as an introductory adventure for
both players and GMs. There are opportunities for
deeper role playing and more complex story telling,
but they are optional to the core adventure. This is a
good module to introduce players to fantasy role playing and GMs to running a Fantasy Hero game. Here
is, with modifications, the introduction to The Keep
on the Borderlands:

Converting the module to Fantasy Hero required little


modification, and in doing so I wanted to keep the basic, simplistic feel as much as possible. Yes, the
brainless monster bash is a clich but the reason it is a
clich now is because this first set the mold that everyone feels the need to break. Sometimes it is just satisfying to go bust monster heads without a deep reason
or complex plot. Sometimes you dont need a storyline, a conspiracy, a romance, sometimes you want to
get away from politics and all the trappings of role
playing and just kill things.

Welcome to the land of imagination. You are about to begin


a journey into the worlds where magic and monsters are the
order of the day, where good and evil are forever at odds,
where adventure and heroism are the eat and drink of all who
would seek their fortunes in uncommon pursuits. This is the
realm of Fantasy Hero!

The Keep on the Borderlands (Module B2) are copyrighted by Wizards of the Coast for their game D&D. This adventure is
significantly altered from the original work, but still retains enough to be recognizable and I want to give Gary Gygax and
WOTC full credit and due respect for their works.

Dice are referred to by their number and type. Almost all die rolls will be six-sided dice, as noted by
D6 such as 3D6 meaning three six-sided dice. This
gives a range of 3-18 when added together.

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This module has been designed to allow four to eight
player characters of 75-150 total points each (a party
of 600 points combined total points is recommended).

When a skill or characteristic roll is called for, it is


usually assigned a modifier, such as it takes a -2 PER
roll to spot the secret door here. This means that a
perception (PER) roll must be successful by at least 2
in order to see the hidden door in question.

If the party is weaker than this or lacks a critical part


such as a healer, then the characters should receive a
tip from the grizzled soldiers at the keep such as stay
at the beginning of the ravine area, try the lower caves
first, it gets rougher the higher and deeper into the
ravine ya get. The party can always hire some soldiers
to come along with them as well, as is described in the
Keep encounter areas.

Distances and measurements may be listed in game


inches, which in the Hero System are a standard 2 meter hex. Thus, if the text mentions that a rope is 5
long, it does not mean five inches on a ruler, it means
five game inches, or 10 meters (around 64 feet).

As a GM you should consider giving the characters a


few healing herbs or a minor potion or two, perhaps a
few weapons with minor enchantments to enable the
characters to harm some of the creatures dwelling in
the Caves of Chaos.

Damage that is killing will usually be listed as KA, as in


RKA for ranged killing or HKA for hand-to-hand killing damage. Some notations are simply KA which
means the dice do killing damage, but no strength is
added and no range applies.

The contents of the module are intended as suggested


adventure material, but you as the GM should feel free
to modify them as you wish to fit your world, your
players, and your personal style. Read the module
thoroughly, you will note that some details are left in
your hands. This is done deliberately to let you personalize the scenario.

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It is strongly suggested that the GM use a mat or large
sheet of paper to indicate the layout of the area the
players are on. If you have tiles or other physical
structures to use for games of this sort those would
work well. Miniatures or some indication of where
each character is on the map are very useful as well, as
it is important where the characters are, the monsters
are, what their facing is, and how they move in Hero
combat.

By using the Keep as a home base your players should


be able to play out several sessions before they have
exhausted all of the possibilities of the Caves of Chaos
map. There are a few trainers in the keep who can help
with new skills and training if the GM wishes to provide this - however, this takes time, and time away
from the caves may find some of the monsters replaced
in what was previously emptied out by the PCs.

Music can help as well, if you have any medieval,


celtic, or movie music (especially soundtracks for fantasy movies such as Conan or Lord of the Rings) it can be
an aid for drama and mood. Avoid popular music or
any talk, and especially avoid the television or radio.
These are distracting and hinder immersion in the
story, players will feel less a part of the game and care
less about what their character is up to.

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This adventure uses some standardized notation and
abbreviation that the GM may want to familiarize
themselves with.
Any text that is boxed with a thin line is descriptive or
conversational text, something for the GM to read to
the players. This will give the basic information on an
area without giving too much away. NPCs may have
something to say to the player characters, and for sake
of ease and simplicity some of these have been written
up ahead of time for the GM to read to the players.
These sections are optional, but useful.
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A final way to introduce this game is a bit tougher than


the others. Adventurers in fantasy settings often start
from tragic circumstances and terrible events, and the
PCs may be just this sort. The GM can start them out
as captives of the creatures within the Caves of Chaos.
The PCs will start out and meet as stripped down prisoners of the monsters, thrown together in similar misery but without equipment. The GM should make
sure that the players are willing to engage in this kind
of game before trying it - the point is for everyone to
have fun, not for the GM to inflict misery on the players.

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As this is such a basic adventure and such a simple setting, the most hamfisted and ancient of techniques can
bring the characters to this location without need of
any great story. The GM can simply say youre adventurers who have met in your travels and find yourselves at the foot of a grim keep in the borderlands between civilization and wilderness. Nothing more
need be used for the party, everyone is here for the
same thing: kill monsters and have fun.
However, if the GM wishes to have more to the game
than just hack-and-slash/loot-and-level, then there are
a few options available even for such a simple scenario.

If this option is used, the GM might even let the PCs


purchase and equip themselves as normal, ready themselves for a journey with all their gear, then be informed that they were taken captive and that all their
gear has been taken away from them. The should start
in area 3 of the Goblin Lair, watched over by a single
Goblin warrior with a spear and no armor. Casters
will find themselves gagged and without foci to cast
their spells, other characters are connected by a rough
rope tied to each characters left leg, making a chain
between them. As the GM introduces the scenario, he
must decide how much the PCs know; they may be
totally unaware where they are or how they got there.
They may have been from different places and not
know each other, they might not even be adventurers
yet.

One is to have the characters all younger people, in


their late teens who have grown up together. They are
children of the soldiers in the keep, mature enough to
strike out on their own and burning with a desire to
make a name for themselves. The keep has every sort
of teacher and type that the characters can come from,
and this solves the you all know each other line.
They could even be related. Such a group would have
a ready home to return to yet adventure not far away
to test their mettle.
Another option is to have the characters be bounty
hunters. The Keep offers a bounty (see below) for the
denizens in the Caves of Chaos, and this will attract
adventurers and fortune hunters from around the land.
The characters may very well have never met before
this point, but share a goal: bounty. To this end they
may work together and even become friends, but will
be strangers requiring introduction and time to learn
about each other. This may even be the preferred way
to introduce the game if the players are unfamiliar with
each other.

Originally guarded, the tough goblin guards should


mock the PCs and hit them a few times, then leave for
their ordinary duties. It is at this point that the characters can escape, overpowering the one goblin warrior
that is keeping them captive. From this goblin a spear
and a dagger can be obtained, as well as freedom from
the ropes and gags (if any). The GM should seed the
starting equipment on creatures between where the
characters start and where the nearest exit is. A chase
to the Keep by angry monsters trying to recover their
prisoners might even be an exciting option; as soon as
the party exits the Caves of Chaos they will see the
Keep in the distance through the trees.

A third possibility is that the PCs part of an organized


effort by a lord or town to end the raids and destruction caused by the monsters here. The keep is just
enough to limit these excursions, but they have not the
manpower to end them: to do so requires a strike
force into the caves. This is what the characters are, a
troop hired to destroy the monsters and free the lands
from their reign of evil. In addition to any bounty they
receive, the party will be given 10 money for each section of monsters destroyed in the Caves of Chaos.

If this option is used, the GM should not work too


hard to keep the characters captive or recapture them,
the purpose is to gather the PCs, give them a memorable introduction, and give them a little extra incentive
to head in and slaughter these evil creatures. There
should be no time to put on armor, however; the start
should be a chase scene.
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However the GM decides to start this adventure, the


Keep on the Borderlands will provide many sessions of
entertainment for the PCs and GM if handled well.

Third, the GM cannot control the power and advancement of characters as easily if they are as wealthy as
they wish rather than poorer. When you can buy
whatever you want, such twinked characters will find
the challenges laid out here more trivial and thus the
challenge and entertainment value is reduced.

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As the characters explore and destroy the monsters in
this module, they will gain money and items to use.
Most of the items are quite mundane, and even the
special items are rarely magical or enchanted. True
magic items are powerful and tend to be very carefully
protected and thus are rarely in the hands of monsters
such as those in the Caves of Chaos. As the characters
obtain these items, they will want to sell the ones they
do not need, replace items with upgrades, and repair
the ones that become damaged.

Finally, over equipping characters lessens their appreciation of real treasure when they get it. If the characters have a backpack full of magical weapons and shrug
when they get yet another glowing sword that sings the
Hallelujah Chorus when in combat, its time to rethink
your treasure policy. There are a lot of treasures listed
in the back of this module, but most of them are from
a list from which PCs only get one choice. Less is
more when it comes to characters and treasure: the
more hungry a party is for cash and treasure, the more
special what they get will be. PCs need enough to
maintain their lifestyle (food, lodging, repairs, training, etc) and to feel heroic and successful, but no
more.

The Keep is a good place to do most of this, because it


has the full services of a village and castle such as a
blacksmith, leatherworker, seamstress, and so on. The
GM should be careful not to mound too much on the
characters for several reasons.
First too much money may encourage the characters to
retire. Once you have enough cash to buy a kingdom,
why risk life and limb any more? Thats what employees are for.

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How the characters arrive at the Keep on the Borderlands will vary based on the scenario the GM used to
introduce the characters to this adventure. They might
be living in the keep, they might show up on a dark
night after a long travel, they might show up with arrows and spears raining around them. However they
show up, however, this is what the keep will be to
them:

Second, it is not very believable for the monsters here


to be terribly wealthy. They have some treasure, but
not mounds of it, and even if they did, it would tend to
end up in the hands of the most powerful creatures.

This area is miles from what most would call civilization, far enough that the nearest farm or village is miles away down what barely can be called
a road. The terrain here is rough, with rocky
outcroppings and hills scattered with trees and
brush. The most distinct features that can be
seen is a small castle or keep standing atop a
mesa, or flat-topped stony hill. Some ancient
forces have split the mesa, leaving a sloped section of crumbled and packed rock leading up to
one side, separated by a gap of ten feet wide at
the most narrow point and seventy feet deep to
tumbled, jagged stones. Across this lies the
Keeps drawbridge in the day, down for travelers
to cross and up to keep out the monsters at night.
The portcullis across the Keeps entrance is
down, and guards watch all who arrive closely,
hoping for friends, but ready for enemies.
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Characters who approach the keep for the first time


must declare who they are and what their intention is.
This is likely the first chance for many groups to engage in role playing with the GM, so it need not be
very challenging or meaningful, just an introduction of
the characters. The soldiers at the keep are wary, but
not nervous. The Keep has proved monster-proof for
years now and while they are watchful they are not
fearful of attack.

Towers are placed at regular points with ballista in


them (a sort of huge, heavy crossbow that is crew
served). Each ballista has twelve yard-long missiles
that take a phase to load and two phases to crank the
bow back ready to fire. The Ballista has an effective
range of 73 and deals 3D6 RKA, armor piercing damage.
Catapults are also noted on the map, also crew served
but even slower. It takes four phases to crank the
mighty wooden arm back and a phase to load the heavy
stone into the weapon. The catapult has six shots
worth of stone set by it, but almost anything can be
fired from the catapults huge cup. This weapon has an
effective range of 50 and deals 10D6 normal damage.

Characters who are vague, disrespectful, or have a silly


background will be cross examined closely by the soldiers, even calling on the captain to check them more
closely.
Now is the time to make the players realize that whatever they say - as speech or relating their actions - will
be noted by you, as Game Master, and acted upon accordingly in whatever role is appropriate to the situation. A courteous and full reply might well win a
friend amongst the soldiers who might be of aid sometime. Rudeness and discourtesy may bring suspicion or
even earn enemies in what is otherwise a safe base
area. When you are satisfied that the scene is played
out, have the group enter.

Neither weapon is tremendously accurate, particularly


the catapult, they are fired at a hex, not a single target.
The catapult has a range modifier of -2 in addition to
any other modifiers.
Particularly obnoxious or troublesome players might
find a dead goat fired at them with the catapult.
The walls are ten feet thick, with the merlons two feet
square, and a raised area that the merlons are atop of
three feet high, providing half cover for defenders.
The stone walls are hard stone, with 6 defense and 12
body per hex before the wall crumbles and reveals the
loose stone within.

The players should feel like they have accomplished


something useful and meaningful when they enter the
keep rather than something taken for granted: it is not
safe outside the walls of this citadel and they will have
earned a safe place to retreat to. Should the party be
too obnoxious or offensive, the soldiers will just tell
them to fend for themselves until they learn some
manners.

The portcullis is of hard steel and is held in place with


a gear system. It can only be raised from within by the
windlass system once the catch is released. It takes a
full turn to raise the portcullis enough for a horse to
ride through, or a phase to make enough space to
crawl under. The bars are 7 defense and have 6 body
each. The entire portcullis weighs 900 pounds.

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More properly, this is a full castle, with a very large
open area inside curtain walls and a strong keep called
the Inner Bailey built into the back, far from the only
entry point, the gate. Set on cliffs on all sides at least
seventy feet high, with only one real entry point (there
is a postern gate from the keep proper, but it is not
known by the PCs and not easy to enter), this is a very
secure location. Within the walls of the castle is a
small village of sorts which will serve the needs of the
characters for the duration of this adventure. The keep
its self is made of solid, well-fitted stone, with thirty
foot walls topped with evenly spaced blocks called merlons that the defenders can hide behind or fire between
at invaders.

The GM should note that attacks not specifically designed to harm inanimate objects will deal half damage
to these surfaces (for example, a sword will do half
damage to the wall, but a pick - designed to dig
through rock - will deal full damage). Further, weapons not designed to harm inanimate objects take the
full damage they deal to themselves due to the abuse
they sustain. The PCs will not be able to hack the
portcullis down with their weapons.

RUMORS
Inhabitants of the keep will have information that they
can share with the PCs if they are well treated. This
information can be role played with conversations and
interaction, or the GM can simply have the players roll
against conversation and streetwise skills (if any) and
give a rumor to each person who makes their roll.
Certain NPCs in the Keep have notes on what rumors
they know or are likely to pass on as well.

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Once the PCs are able to earn general entry into the
Keep, they have access to everywhere (when the shops
are open) and can move freely in and out, they will be
recognized by the guards. However, there is one area
that they cannot get into at first: the Inner Bailey. This
area is where the local Lord lies, the master of the
keep. The characters will have to earn sufficient local
faction to gain access to the keep. Any nobility among
the party may gain immediate access - alone - but
lesser classes must earn their way. Once within the
party will be closely watched and questioned as they
feast with the Lord, and if they earn his pleasure and
approval, he will suggest special missions to them. On
the other hand, if they are rude or behave badly, he
will retire early, ending the revel and they will never
be invited back.

The GM can roll on the table below for what is learned


or choose from the list. Rumors marked (F) are false,
but the players and characters have no way of knowing
this. Roll 4D6 for the rumor learned:
ROLL RUMOR
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A merchant, imprisoned in the caves, will reward his


rescuers

A powerful mage is on his way to demolish the contents


of the caves, including the treasures (F)

Tribes of different creatures live in different areas of the


caves

An ogre sometimes helps the cave dwellers

A mage with a powerful wand entered the caves but


never came back out

All of the cave entrances are trapped (F)

10

If you get lost, beware the eater of men!

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The Keep will treat the PCs politely, but they will
have to earn their reputation and esteem in the eyes of
people who have lived for years on the edge of the wilderness. Acts of heroism, doing good deeds, finishing
local quests and being generally pleasant and fair will
all increase the faction with the Keep. Theft, breaking
rules, rudeness, unlawful behavior, assisting the monsters, sloth, or failure to finish quests all will reduce
this. Follow the chart below for faction change:

11

There are Dwarves living in the caves

MOD ACTION

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A fair maiden is imprisoned within the caves (F)

+1

Finishing a Minor Quest

13

Bree-Yark is yrch for we surrender! (F)

+2

Finishing a Major Quest

14

Beware of treachery from within the party (F?)

+4

Finishing a Keep Quest

15

The big dog-men live high in the caves

+1

Consistently polite behavior

16

Bandits prey on the local roads

+2

Especially heroic activity

17

Piles of magic armor are hoarded in the southern caves


(F)

+2

Refusing rewards for adventuring

+1

Using skills and abilities to benefit the Keep

18

A gold mine winds miles deep in the lowest caves (F)

-1

Consistently rude behavior

19

The Orcs in the caves long ago fled a Dwarven clan that
almost wiped them out and now fear Dwarves (F)

-1

Perpetual Drunkenness or troublemaking

20

Lizard-men live in the swamps

-1

Breaking Keep laws, each instance

21

Bandits prey on the roads

-1

Failure to complete a quest

22

Beware the mad hermit of the north lands

-1

Demanding greater reward

Nobody has ever returned from an expedition to the


caves (F)

-1

Refusal to assist in daily activities to benefit the Keep

23

-5

Assisting the monsters

24

There is more than one tribe of orcs living in the caves

-3

Offending the Lord of the Keep

Different characters can earn different faction, so the


GM should keep track separately for each PC. There
are other activities and actions that the characters can
do that will affect faction, the GM should decide based
on the table what affect these will have on the reputation of the PCs in the Keep. Word travels fast, it is
difficult to do something without everyone hearing
about it, for good or ill. Characters start at zero faction (unless they are children of the soldiers here, in
which case they start at 3 faction).

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The table below describes what the benefits and drawbacks of total faction with the Keep will gain them.
The table is dynamic, characters can move up and
down based on their actions and perceptions of the
Keep residents, and all benefits are cumulative (unless
they are redundant, such as reductions or increases to
prices; use the most recently achieved level). For example, if a character has achieved faction 10, they both
have access to major quests and will be offered finest
wares in shops with shopkeepers who will tend to haggle a bit less vigorously.
Characters may use the Persuasion this skill to temporarily increase their faction when dealing with a specific person. Success will add 1 faction point temporarily to the character for that person only, plus one
for each point the roll is made by. Such temporary
faction boosts only last for an hour at most.
A PC also can increase their faction by five points by a
bribe, but the bribe must be large enough to catch the
notice of the character. For guards this will need to be
at least five silver, for the shop keepers a silver. It also
must be presented carefully, openly offering a bribe
will tend to reduce, not increase your faction by 5
points.
Other options are to use Oratory skill (which, if successful, increases faction on all listeners in the same
way as Persuasion skill, above), or a presence attack,
which adds 3 to faction for each level of presence
achieved (thus, a presence attack that equals the targets presence would add 3, one that equals their presence +10 would add 6 faction, and so on).
Failure to make the skill rolls can reduce faction as
well: failure by 3 or more reduces faction by 1 each
point under 2.

You are seized and executed in the courtyard.

-20

Thrown from the keep and executed if seen again

-25

Thrown from the keep

-20

Lodging and sales are refused, people despise you and


throw things at you when you arent looking

-15

Prices are 25% greater on purchase and 25% lower


on sales. Lodging is refused because the rooms are
all full on a 14- chance

-10

Prices are 10% greater on purchase and 10% lower


on sales. Lodging is refused because the rooms are
all full on an 11- chance.

-5

Shops withhold their best merchandise from you,


lodging is in common areas only

Ordinary prices and treatment, access to minor


quests

Shops haggle less vigorously and will offer you their


best wares; -1 to all trading rolls.

Access to major quests

10

Prices are 10% lower on purchase and 10% greater


on sales. The best rooms always seem to be open to
you. People recognize you by name.

15

Access to Keep quests, first invitation to the Inner


Bailey

20

Prices are 25% lower on purchase and 25% greater


on sales. People offer you food lodging in their
homes for free. People recognize you by your heroic
deeds

30

Free access to the Inner Bailey

40

The Characters are renowned, sung about, fathers


offer their offspring for marriage, bards write songs
about the PCs, stories are told. Walking by on the
street will often be rewarded with cheers and accolades, children follow you about and want to be like
you, seeking trophies and memorabilia.

higher

You insult people by offering to pay for goods and


services, soldiers swear their fealty to you upon encountering them, children sneak into your baggage to
become apprentices and squires. Members of the
opposite sex follow you around seeking affection.

Items used in quests will be noted in the text of the


encounter areas, directing to the appropriate person.
If a character brings a quest item into town and tries to
sell it or asks about it, someone in the Keep will direct
the character to the person looking for it.

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There are three different types of quests available in
this module to the Player Characters. Each is progressively more difficult, complex, and rewarding.
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The characters can ignore the quests entirely and simply run around bashing heads, but doing the quests included here will make their stay in the Keep more
meaningful and involved.

The first is the Minor Quest, which usually involves


little more than running errands or engaging in some
local task. These can be some employment for a shopkeeper, delivering a message, finding out something
about someone in the Keep, or so on. The primary
minor quest available is the bounty which pays for
monster ears brought to the keep. These quests tend
to pay little, earn little faction, and are simple enough
to accomplish, usually within the boundaries of the
Keep its self.

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This is an aspect of the world that the GM may wish to
ignore, and he should feel free. Yet it adds a layer of
realism and control of treasure intake to the game and
establishes a principle that can be used later in the campaign: there aint no such thing as a free lunch.

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These are more significant quests that involve multiple


steps and almost all are outside the Keep. Major
Quests will tend to give greater rewards and will result
in superior esteem from the inhabitants of the Keep.
These are the kind of quests that people living here
either cannot or will not do because of the danger or
time involved. Some Major quests involve the Caves
of Chaos, others the surrounding area.

Every treasure haul brought into the Keep is taxed by


the Lord, which might put a bit of a damper on the
pride the PCs have, but they cannot hide their loot
from the Lords taxman. He is a very powerful mage
who will find their earnings, no matter what. The
Lord takes 1 copper for each silver worth of coin (10%
tax, humble for the setting), a copper for each ordinary weapon discovered, and a silver for each weapon
of enchanted ore or special material found. Magic
items cost a silver each in tax as well.

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The most difficult and rewarding quests in this module


are Keep Quests. These quests are very challenging
quests that can only be obtained with superior faction
and most are given by the Lord of the Keep himself, or
his trusted advisors. These all involve the Caves of
Chaos or other dangerous areas in the surrounding area
and are quests that the locals are simply not up to accomplishing. Completing one of these quests will
greatly reward the characters and greatly increase their
popularity in the Keep. Typically characters setting
out to do Keep Quests will receive special equipment,
information, and even magical enhancement (buffs) by
members of the court as the PCs head out.

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There are various merchants in the Keep that characters can take advantage of to buy or sell goods with.
Some of them even have quests for the characters to
take. Items bought and sold by the merchants are
never the straight price, haggling and dealing is involved. All merchants sell all their wares at a base
150% of the listed price in the Jolrhos Fantasy Hero
Players Guide. They buy items for a base 50% of
their listed price in the text or in the Guide. This price
is then adjusted by haggling, or using the Trade skill.
Each Merchant has a listed trade skill, he and the PC
engage in a skill vs skill test against the PCs when they
haggle; if he wins, he adds 5% to the price per point he
makes the roll by. If he loses, he cuts 5% off the price
per point the PC makes his roll by and the challenge
happens with every single purchase unless its in bulk
(3 scrolls of protection from undead, for instance).
There are a few exceptions, some will not haggle or
will always pay full price for some items.

It is up to the GM and the players how they approach


this; the quests give direction to the adventuring, and
many can even be completed by returning to the Keep
with the right treasures or items found in broader adventuring, without even knowing that someone seeks
these items.

Beside him is a man in robes (a scribe) who records


the name of each person who enters or leaves, and
flanking each man is another man-at-arms in scale
mail with pole arms as noted in 1, above. When dismounted, servants will come from area 4. (the stable)
to take the mounts or mules. Any goods which are
not carried by the adventurers will be stored in area
5. (the warehouse). Another servant will then show
travelers to the Travelers Inn.

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1. MAIN GATE
Two towers thirty feet high with battlements flank a
gatehouse twenty feet high. All have holes for bow
and crossbow fire. A deep crevice in front of the place
is spanned by a drawbridge (usually up). There is a
portcullis at the entry and large gates at the far end of
the passage. The passage is about 10 wide and high,
the ceiling above pierced with murder holes*, and
walls to either side slitted for archery. It is obvious
that the building is constructed of great blocks of the
hardest granite, undoubtedly common throughout the
entire fortress. Two soldiers (mercenary footmen)
will approach when the drawbridge is lowered and
the portcullis raised. Each is clad in scale mail and carries a halberd. They require that persons entering the
Keep put their weapons away, and then will escort
them through the short tunnel into area 3.

4. COMMON STABLE
This long building is about 15 high, with a 3 parapet
atop its flat roof, so that it can be used in defense of
the gate. The gateside wall is pierced for archery.
There are always D3+6 servants inside tending to
horses and gear. Each is unarmored but can fight with
various available weapons (pitch forks and the like treat as military forks). There will be D6+1 each light
horses and draft horses here, as well as D6 mules.

2. FLANKING TOWERS
Atop each tower are four soldiers with medium crossbows cocked and ready to fire. Each is manned by a
mercenary archer clad in studded leather, wearing a
short sword and dagger, and each has a shield nearby.
Inside each tower are 12 other men-at-arms, four being on-duty and armored and armed as the men-atarms on the tower tops. The other eight in the tower
are resting, and it will take one full turn for these
men to ready themselves for battle. They are exactly
like the others, except instead of crossbows, they
carry heavy self bows. The three floors of these towers will contain supplies of bolts and arrows, spears,
rocks, and several barrels of oil (all for hurling down
on attackers). There will also be pallets for sleeping,
pegs with clothing belonging to the soldiers, and
some small tables, stools, and benches. Each man-atarms will have 2d6 copper pieces on his person.

5. COMMON WAREHOUSE
Visiting merchants and other travelers who have
quantities of goods are required to keep their materials here until they are either sold to the persons at the
Keep or taken elsewhere. The building is the same as
the stable (area 4) with respect to height, parapet,
etc. Its double doors are chained and padlocked (-2 to
lockpicking), and the corporal of the watch has the
keys. Inside are two wagons, a cart, many boxes, barrels, and bales - various food items, cloth, arrows,
bolts, salt, and two tuns of wine. (Average value is
5D6 silver per wagon-load).
6. BAILIFFS TOWER
The superintendent (or bailiff) of the outer bailey* of
the fortress lives here. He is wearing plate mail and
wields a bastard sword, and is also able to use a light
longbow which is hanging on the wall. He and the
scribe share offices on the lower floor. Their quarters
are on the second story with the usual furnishings of
bed, chest, armoire, table, chairs, rug, etc. The bailiff has 3d6 copper pieces with him always, the scribe
has 2d6 copper pieces and d3 silver pieces in his
purse. There are 50 copper pieces hidden in the bailiffs old boots in the armoire, and hanging on his wall
is a quiver with 20 arrows. The scribe has a jeweled
ink pot worth 15 copper pieces, but it is dirty and ink
covered, looks worthless, and is on his table in plain
sight. The third floor is a storage area, and the fourth
story quarters twelve men-at-arms.

3. ENTRY YARD
This narrow place is paved. All entrants, save those of
the garrison, will be required to dismount and stable
their animals (area 4). The corporal of the watch is
here. He is dressed in plate mail and carries a shield,
with longsword and dagger at his waist. The corporal
is rather grouchy and surly, but he admires outspoken, brave fighters and is easily taken in by a pretty
girl.

Six are mercenary footmen in studded leather and


small shield with spear and hand axe, the other six are
mercenary archers in scale mail, light crossbow, and
short sword and serve as the escort of the bailiff from
time to time. Each carries 2d6 copper pieces. Their
room contains pallets, pegs with cloaks and other
clothing, two long tables with benches, a supply of
180 bolts, and several dozen large rocks. The whole
tower is 40 high, with a 5 tall battlement atop it. All
walls are pierced for archery.

7b MAGE
The western portion houses a mage with a bent toward mercantile. His name is Horkin and he learned
magic to make money. So far it has worked out very
well for him, particularly when he moved here and
began selling to adventurers. Everyone speaks well
of Horkin, although they recognize he is a rapacious
trader and always after the bottom line. If approached, the mage will under no circumstances join
the party on an adventure. He laughs at the very
idea, then launches into a sales pitch on the virtues of
his enchanted items for adventurers. Horkin doesnt
keep anything valuable on him or in the home, in
fact he has a very humble apartment. He uses a spell
to store his goods in the Aether which he accesses
magically. He is very wealthy and has quite a trove
of magic items but only Horkin knows how to access
any of this. He doesnt have as much as a copper on
him. Horkin has a little tent set up in front of his
apartment where he has a comfortable chair and a
cold bottle of fine wine he sips from a crystal goblet.
Theres no visible product, but everyone knows in
the Keep that what Horkin claims to have, he can
provide. The chart below shows the items Horkin
has and the prices he charges. Horkin has a 13- trade
skill.

7. PRIVATE APARTMENTS
Special quarters are available for well-to-do families,
rich merchants, guildmasters, and the like. The five
small apartments along the south wall are occupied by
families of persons dwelling within the Outer Bailey
of the KEEP. The two large ones (indicated by 7a.
and 7b.) currently house a jewel merchant and a
mage:
7a. JEWEL MERCHANT
This normal man and his wife are guarded by a pair
of mercenary footmen in chainmail and medium
shield with longsword and dagger. The four are
lodged in the eastern portion of the building, the
merchant and his wife being on the upper floor most
of the time. Each guard commands a huge Guard
Dog trained to kill. The merchant has a locked iron
box with 20 silver pieces and 170 copper pieces inside. Secreted in his belt are 10 gems of 10 silver
piece value each.

ITEM

The Gem Merchant has a trade skill of 12-. He will


buy any ore or ingots for the full price without haggling. His wife wears a jeweled bracelet, necklace,
and earrings (6, 12, and 3 silver piece value respectively), also available for sale as per gems. They are
awaiting a caravan back to more civilized lands. All
persons here have 5D6 copper and 3D6 silver pieces
each upon their person. The apartment is wellfurnished, but there is nothing of particular interest
or value to adventurers except for the coins, gems,
and jewelry noted.
The gems and jewelry the merchant has are known
by the local merchants, and any attempt to sell items
in the Keep stolen from this fellow will result in an
alarm and attempted arrest.

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PRICE

Charms (he will have one charm each trip to the Keep
the PCs make, roll randomly for the offerings)

35cp

Scroll of Protection from Magic

250cp

Scroll of Protection from Fire

175cp

Scroll of Protection from Undead

175cp

Scroll of Protection from Weapons

175cp

Scroll of Protection from Poison

175cp

Scroll of Protection from Disease

175cp

Scroll of Alarm

60cp

Scroll of Alchemy

150cp

Scroll of Balm

75cp

Scroll of Greater Cure

150cp

Scroll of Unspell

110cp

Scroll of Wainwright

65cp

Potion of Health

75cp

Potion of Healing

75cp

Watchmans Draught

15cp

The GM should note that these goods are quite expensive, but they will serve to eat up character profits from raids in the Caves of Chaos while boosting
character power slightly. The PCs are unlikely to be
able to afford any of these items the first time
through the Keep, but as they earn treasure and clear
out the caves they will make enough for some magic.

As a consolation, hell give them some water he


claims is holy water, and tell them hell heal their
maladies for free when they return to the Keep as
long as they keep smiting evil.
Leoland Cope is an evil cultist, and cannot heal anything. He has some magical power, but it is strictly
evil stuff and minor at that, he can create light and
stop bleeding, but does not have any other beneficial
ability. He is passing on information about Keep
defenses, shipments and caravans, pilgrims, travelers, and adventurers to the Caves of Chaos through
his acolytes who come and go to collect herbs and
study in the beauty of the outdoors. They secretly
meet with representatives of the Orcs, Goblins, and
Beastmen and pass on the information. The Merchants know someone is doing this but have no idea
who it is. There is a Major Quest to find the spys
identity and gather proof, which lies in the Caves of
Chaos in area D-21

Horkin will also cast spells for pay, charging 1 silver


per real point cost of the spell: this price is non negotiable. Hell do batch deals of Detect Magic, everything that fits on a 1 foot square table with a purple velvet cloth laid over it. Each cast of Detect
Magic will only cost one silver. He can also cast Alchemy (7 sp), Analyze Magic (2 sp each item), Balm
(2 sp), Calculate and Assay (1 sp each), Decipher (3
sp), Encode (2 sp), Mana Crystal (3 sp plus the
gem), Mending Charm (2 sp per cast), Moneychanger Charm (2 sp), Preserve (3 sp), Purify (3 sp),
Refit (5 sp), Textlore (5 sp), Toxinfind (1 sp),
Unlock (3 sp), and Wave of Unmagic (1 sp per cast).

If hes attacked, Leoland is equal to a Cultist Priest


and his followers are mercenary thugs.

7c. PRIESTS APARTMENT


This apartment is where a priest named Leoland
Cope lives. He is living in the Keep, originally he
stopped by on the way to another part of the country
but he fell in love with the people here and has
stayed for years now. Everyone speaks well of him,
although the two acolytes with him are avoided, as
they never speak - the priest says they must follow
vows of silence until they attain priestly standing.
His well-appointed chambers are comfortably furnished and guests are always welcomed with a cozy
fire and plenty of ale or wine. Leoland is a very fine
companion and an excellent listener. He does not
press his religious beliefs upon any unwilling person.

Minor Quest: Flowers. Leoland will pay 1ip for


each dose of a certain flower called the Star Blossom
that is growing outside the Keep, herbalists can find
D6 doses per square traveled with a successful skill
roll, but ordinary characters will find one per square
on an 8-. He will take an unlimited number of the
flowers, each 25 that he collects completes a Minor
Quest.
8. SMITHY AND ARMORER
This building is about 20 tall, with the usual 5 parapet above and walls pierced for defense. The lower
floor is occupied by a forge, bellows, and other items.
Here horses and mules are shod, weapons made, armor repaired and similar work done. The smith is
also an armorer, and has two assistants. (The smith is
equal to a Mercenary Thug with a war hammer, his
assistance equal to mercenary footmen) There are 2
swords, 1 mace, a suit of man-sized chain mail, and
11 finished spears in the shop. In the second story are
rooms where the smith, his family, and his assistants
live. (The rooms have normal furnishings, but a jar
hidden in the smiths bedroom holds 72 copperpieces.) The smith carries D3 copper pieces, but the
assistants have 2D6 copper each. The Smith has 12armor- and weapon- smithing skills.

Leoland is outspoken in his hatred of evil, and if approached by a party of adventurers seeking the Caves
of Chaos, he will politely decline, as hes not the
adventurous type, but hell offer to cast some helpful
spells on them. While he prepares, hell tell them
the spells wont last but an hour or so - not nearly
long enough to reach the caves of chaos, and if the
party shows disappointment or consternation in any
degree (even slight hesitation) Leoland will decide
its not really much help for them.

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9. PROVISIONER
This low building houses a shop where all of the
equipment needed for dungeon adventurers (as listed
in the rulebook) are sold. He does not sell weapons
other than daggers (15), arrows (500) and bolts
(300). He has a 7 small shields, but does not sell armor or mounts. He will direct any persons interested
in such items to the trader next door. Prices are as
shown in the Jolrhos Introduction, and can be haggled. The provisioner is a normal man with trade skill
of 12-; in time of need he has leather armor and small
shield and will man the walls or otherwise fight with a
spear. His wife and two children live in a small apartment in the place. He carries d6 silver and 4D6 copper pieces. He has a strong box with 100 copper, 16
silver, and 30 iron.

The bank will loan up to 25 silver to a character without any status, plus 1 silver per level of positive faction they have with the Keep (and -25 for negative
level, if any). A Knight, Priest, or Paladin may get 50
silver base, and nobility can get any amount they desire, but arent likely to need money to begin with.
The bank has no money in it. It is summoned to them
or stored in the magical vault in Morien City, transported magically there when the banker receives the
payment and tags it. The bankers have D6 copper on
them, and there are two mercenary thugs in chainmail
with longsword and medium shield here for security
but theres no reason or logic to robbing the bank.
12. WATCH TOWER
This 45 foot tall tower has all of the usual defensive
devices. It houses six mercenary archers in scale mail
with medium selfbows and shortswords, six mercenary footmen with spear and dagger and Captain Sennat, the Captain of the Watch who is in charge of the
Keep security. Captain Sennat is a very busy man
with little time to talk to the characters, but they can
always schedule a meeting and hell give them five
minutes.

10. TRADER
This place deals in commodities, basic trade goods
that are not of immediate practical use such as furs,
perfume, incense, salt, spices, rare woods, and so on.
The owner has a trade skill of 12- and he has a fair
stock of dry goods and materials the PCs have no use
for (other than blankets and perhaps clothes). He also
has a great deal of demand for furs, since the area is
not safe for hunters. Thus, he pays the base price for
any furs (adjusted by haggling) rather than half price.
He is a normal man with a dagger, as are his two sons,
but they have a spear and a leather armor hauberk in
case they have to help guard the Keep. Hidden under
the floorboards of their small apartment are 11 sp and
250 copper. Each carries 2D6 copper on them.

The second and third floors are barracks for the local
soldiers, and the top floor is an armory with 1500 arrows, 1200 bolts, 5 barrels of oil, 30 20-gallon barrels of water magically preserved for emergencies, 45
spears, 15 suits of scale mail, 25 medium shields, 45
medium self bowstaves, 300 bowstrings, and 150
short swords.

MINOR QUEST: Furs. The Trader will pay for furs


that the PCs collect, any character can attempt a survival roll each day if they camp outdoors. If the roll is
successful they find a 1sp fur, adding 5 cp per point
the Survival skill roll is made by to the value of the
fur. This can be done anywhere outside, it just takes
a day of activity to succeed.

MINOR QUEST: Find the Bandit Camp. Finding


the Bandit Camp and reporting to Captain Sennat or
the Watch Commander will result in a 5 cp reward
for each character and troops sent to check on the
camp and wipe it out. When they return, the PCs get
1 more silver each.

11. KINGS SAVINGS AND LOAN


Here anyone can change money or gems for a 10%
fee (that is, the bank keeps 10% of the value of the
exchanged materials). The banker can also keep a
characters wealth stored, accessible at any Kings
bank in the country. There is no charge if the money
is left in the bank at least a month, if it is withdrawn
early, there is a 10% fee. Loans may be obtained as
well, at a fee of 10% per month.

MINOR QUEST: Ears. Captain Sennat also knows


that the local humanoid monsters are raiding and killing, so he wants to reward them being killed as well.
Although Sennat himself will not meet over this, he
has authorized the Daily Watch Commander to pay
for each left trophy returned to the keep (they only
pay for right ears):

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Gobin Ears: 1 ip
Saurian Tail tip: 2 ip
Bloodthirst Orc Red Ears: 3 ip
Toothgnash Orc necklaces: 3 ip
Hyena Clan Beastman Ears: 4 ip
Ram Clan Beastman Ears: 5 ip
Ogre Ear: 15 cp

MAJOR QUEST: Get Figs. Captain Sennat knows


about the raids by bandits on nearby towns and the
caravans that bring supplies to the Keep. He wants
their camp found and wiped out, he knows it must be
somewhere not far from the Keep. For the head of
Figs the bandit leader he will pay 25 silver, then send
a troop to check the location the PCs say the camp
was at to make sure the job is done. Upon finding out
the camp is wiped out, he will direct Horkin the merchant mage to give the PCs one item they request for
free, and the Keep will pay for it. Horkin will suggest
the most expensive options and charge the keep full
price.

The soldiers here are experts by now in monster ears


and will not be fooled by substitutes. They wont pay
for Dvergar ears but will be somewhat horrified that
the PCs killed dwarves and tried to get paid for ears
even though theyve heard rumors of the Dvergar.
For each 5 turn-ins (or the one Ogre ear) the PCs will
have completed a Minor Quest.

13. FOUNTAIN SQUARE


There is a large, gushing fountain in the center of the
square. On holidays, local farmers and tradesmen set
up small booths to sell their goods in this place.

MINOR QUEST: Find the Caves of Chaos. The


Keep knows that the Caves of Chaos exists, they
know something about the caves (such as rumors and
that the weaker monsters are in areas A-C). What
they do not know is exactly where the Caves of Chaos
lie. The Watch Commander will pay 5 cp to each PC
for locating the caves, and as soon as scouts get back
with the confirmation, he will direct the smith to repair all gear for the PCs for free until the caves are
cleaned out.

14. TRAVELERS INN


This long, low structure has five small private rooms
and a large common sleeping room for a full dozen.
(Servants and the like always sleep in the stables, 4.,
of course.) Private rooms cost 1 g.p. per night, but
sleeping in the common room is only 1 silver piece
per night. The innkeeper and his family live in a small
loft above the inn. They are obviously normal persons
of no fighting ability. This building is some 18 high.

MAJOR QUEST: The Spy. Captain Sennat knows


that a spy is working out of the Keep but has no idea
who it is. Once the party builds up enough faction to
get major quests and has been to the Caves of Chaos
and back to the Keep at least once, the Captain will
summon the party to his room and meet with them
personally. Hell lay out the problem and request
that the party find out who this spy is. He needs
proof, not just the word of the PCs. When they bring
him proof, Sennat will reward the PCs with one item
each from this list:

15. WILDSEDGE TAVERN


This place is the favorite of visitors and inhabitants of
the Keep alike. The food is excellent, the drinks generous and good. The place is always active, with
2D6+4 patrons at any time of day or night.
The landlord, if talking with a good customer and
drinking to his health, will sometimes talk about the
lands around the keep (1 drink per story, roll on the
rumor table each time, hell only have time for D6
stories). He is known to hate small beer and love
honey mead, which the PCs can learn by asking
around. There is an 11- chance that D3 of the patrons
will be mercenaries looking for work. These men will
work for 2 copper a day plus food and shelter. They
have their own gear, but they expect repairs and ammunition to be provided. Roll a D6: on a 1-3 these
are footmen, on a 4-5 they are archers, and on a 6
they are thugs.

Rune of Silver
Rune of Targeting
Soulward Rune
Wizard Wand
Enchanted Whetstone
Ring of Reliance
Scouts Cloak
He has more than one of each item. The Merchants
will also give a reward for finding the spy at the
Guild hall.
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There is an 8- chance that each of the following persons will be in the tavern at any given time:

The upper floor is divided into two private rooms and


a dormitory for guests.
The Master (Volen Enian) is very influential, and his
favor or dislike will be reflected in the treatment of
persons by fortress personnel. Four mercenary footmen with leather armor and small shields and armed
with spear and shortsword are on duty at all times,
two on the first floor, two above. They are loyal
Guildsmen who will obey any order from Volan.
Guests of the Guild eat here. Drinking is frowned
upon.

Corporal of the Watch (area 3)


Captain Sennat (area 12)
Bailiff (area 6)
Priest (area 7c)
D6+1 Watchmen (are 12)
Watch Commander (area 12)

The landlord is a normal man as are his son and the


pot boy, but in time of need they will don leather armor, carry small shields, and bear arms against attackers. The place is also served by his wife, daughter, a
serving wench, and a scullion. (The owner and his son
each have 1D6 copper pieces in their purses, the wife
2D6, all others have 2d6 iron.) The cellar is where
drink and food are stored and prepared, and where
the servants sleep. The family sleeps in the small loft.
(Hidden in an old crock under empty flour bags in the
back room are 82 cp, 29 sp, and 170 ip).

Due to the presence of various Guild members and


travelers, characters can always train for any craft or
profession they have (they can train their characters
up) here for the usual fees.
MINOR QUEST: Meet the Guildmaster. If the
PCs find the spy that has been leaking information
about caravans for Captain Sennat (area 12), the
Guildmaster Volan Enian will request their attendance upon him. There he will throw them a huge
meal and pay them each 5 silver, and declare that
while they stay at the Keep, all prices are 10% lower
at all locations except Horkin (area 7b) who is outside
his control. This price reduction is in addition to any
others that the characters enjoy, before haggling. It
does not mean that they can sell items for 10% more,
however.

Just sitting in the Wildsedge tavern is enough for the


PCs to hear one rumor per hour from the random
rumor table on page 6.
16. GUILDHOUSE
When members of any guild (merchants, craft, artisans, etc.) travel to this area, they are offered the hospitality of this two-story building. This is a fee collection and administrative post, and the staff is careful to
observe what traffic passes through the Keep. Any
trader, assuming he is not a regular member, who
passes through must pay guild dues of 1% of the value
of his merchandise, but he then gains the protection
of the Guild House. Craftsmen and artisans must gain
Guild permission to work their craft in the area, paying a fee of 2D6 copper pieces either way (depending
on the value of their trade).

MAJOR QUEST: Wipe out. The Guilds would


like to see the Caves of Chaos cleaned out completely
and to this end, they will reward the characters for
each area they clean out. They will be able to confirm that each area is cleared out with the local guild
mage (a very reticent, shy man who only meets with
students) using his magic to track the characters.
Once theyve made it to the caves he can look at it
magically, but until they find the caves, he doesnt
know where it is any more than anyone else. Further, he cannot look at any area the PCs havent been
to yet, thats just how the tracking spell works.

The lower floor contains the Guild Masters and his


two clerks quarters and an office (all sparsely furnished, but the Master has a gold ring worth 50 cp,
and 2d6 sp in his purse; each clerk has d6 copper. A
strongbox under the Masters bed holds 712 gold
pieces.) They are normal men, with chain mail (AC
5), crossbows, and swords kept in a closet for quick
use. There are two servants who will not fight and
who have quarters in the cellar.

As the PCs clean out each area, the mage will let Volan know, and when the PCs check in, they can get
paid for what theyve accomplished so far. Each area
has its own reward, different for the difficulty level
and complexity of the task. If the PCs dont finish the
job, they dont get paid.
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If something new moves into the caves, the mage will


tell Volan and hell get word to the PCs, but they
wont get paid for clearing it out again. There are 11
areas in the Caves of Chaos, all but one with its own
reward for clearing:

17. CHAPEL OF PURITY


This is the spiritual center of the keep, sitting opposite the Guildhouse. The building has a peaked roof
two stories tall; the interior is one large room. There
is a beautiful colored stained glass window above the
main door which casts lights and color all across the
interior until night time. An offering box is near the
door on the interior, it has D100 copper and D6 silver in it at any given time. The Curate empties the
box each evening and deposits the coins with the bank
just before it closes; the box can be opened by anyone
but the people in the Keep know it doesnt have
much and it is for the poor and needy.

A. The Goblin Tribe


REWARD: 1 silver each and a Potion of Light Healing
B. Toothgnash Orcs
REWARD: 1 silver each and two Potions of Health
C. Bloodthirst Orcs
REWARD: 1 silver each and a Healing Potion
D. Snees Goblins
REWARD: 2 silver each and a choice between an
Enchanted Whetstone or a Mana Jade each
E. The Ogre Cave
REWARD: 2 silver each and a choice between a
Rune of Aim or a Wand made for any one spell the
character knows with 50 mana in it (rechargable for
3cp per charge) for each character,
F. Ram Clan Beastmen
REWARD: 2 silver each and two items from
Horkins selection for free
G. Shunned Cavern
REWARD: none, the guild doesnt care about random monsters.
H. Dvergar
REWARD: 15 copper each and two Potions of Light
Healing
I. Minotaur Cave
REWARD: 20 silver and a voucher that will pay for
all repairs at the keep and resizing or adjusting any
armor found at the smith until the caves are cleared
out.
J. Hyena Clan Beastmen (Gnolls)
REWARD: 2 silver each
K. The Evil Cult
REWARD: 5 silver each and the guild will pay for
all monetary costs involved in enchanting any magical item, one each character.

A small stairway in the back leads to the cellar where


the Curate (named Brother Stellan) and his three assistants live. Brother Stellan is a very well respected
and influential person in the Keep primarily because
of how very humble, wise and patient he is. Brother
Stellan is available at any time during the day, and the
chapel is open at all hours. Brother Stellan teaches
about goodness, purity, and other virtues twice a
week, tutors children in basic schooling such as reading and basic math every day, and visits the poor, the
sick, and the elderly every evening. The PCs will get
a visit from kindly Brother Stellan at some point during their stay, preferably during a very awkward moment if the GM can manage it. Hell just want to
make sure the PCs are okay, that theyre welcome to
the chapel at any time, and to wish them well on their
adventures. If they mention they are going to destroy
the Caves of Chaos, hell tell them to visit him before
they head out.
None of the priests at the Chapel have any weapons
or armor, they arent combatants. If theres need for
fighting, the priests will heal and buff and cheer and
encourage the warriors, they will comfort the
wounded and the mourning, and they will uphold the
Keeps morale. If anyone attacks the priests, even if
they are ambushed somewhere secret, someone will
come by and help defend the priests; soldiers on patrol, some watchman who needed to talk to a wise
counsel, etc.

MAJOR QUEST: The mirror. The Guilds reticent


mage ordered a mirror a year ago to give to a girl he
admires, and it was stolen and eventually ended up
with the Mad Hermit (area 4 in the Surrounding
Area). The mage will through a Guild member let
the party know when they train the first time after
being able to do Major Quests that theres a reward
for its return: an Arrow Tree and a Staff of Warding.

Brother Stellan is suspicious about the Priest in 7c,


but he does not wish to speak ill about anyone and has
no particular evidence of wrongdoing. He is not a
judgmental man and is very patient with rough or
wild adventurers, he sympathizes with the terrors
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they face daily in their explorations. If the PCs are


friendly and have been some time, have proved their
character, are known to not be rash or spread rumors, and have been consistently good for the Keep
then Brother Stellan will share his distrust of the false
Priest. He doesnt know what the priest is up to and
certainly does not know hes a cultist, but he has noticed that for being a Priest he doesnt do much besides preach about what others should do and doesnt
do anything himself.

18. INNER GATEHOUSE


This stone structure is itself like a small fort. The
southern portion is only about 15 high, plus battlement; the rear part is some 30 tall, plus battlement.
There are arrow slits in the southern section of
course, and along the walls of the 20 wide, 10 high
passage through to the north. This passage slopes upwards towards the inner courtyard. The heavy gates
are doublebound with iron and spiked. There are six
guards on duty at all times (two inside the gateway,
two on the lower battlement, two on the upper), plus
one officer on call (see below). No visitor is allowed
beyond this point except by invitation or unless he or
she has special permits.

If the PCs visit Brother Stellan before heading out to


adventure hell bless them with +1 Recovery that
lasts 24 hours. If they are going to wipe out the
Caves of Chaos, hell bless them with +1 OCV and
DCV and 5 power defense that lasts 24 hours. If they
are headed to clear out the Evil Cult, Brother Stellan
will give them two bottles of holy water each (each
bottle acts like a turn of sunlight on any undead it is
splashed on) and bless their weapons so that until they
give up the fight or clear out the cult their weapons
are treated as Holy. Should a PC do any specifically
evil act, they lose their blessings (as do their equipment).

The first floor of the place is the main armory. There


are dozens of shields and of each sort of weapon. Two
small rooms are quarters for the Watch Commander
and Captain of the Guard (furnishings are sparse).
The second story on the north houses the Guardsmen
stationed here.
The Watch Commander varies each watch, rotating
between three men (Captain Sennats lieutenants).
Each is a capable soldier (equal to Mercenary Captains) and each is no nonsense and dutiful.

MAJOR QUEST: The Book. There was a very fine


illuminated and valuable Book of Hymns and Prayers
that was kept in the chapel at all times to lead the
faithful with, but it was stolen a few months ago. The
book ended up in the Bloodthirst Orc Chieftain
Harshkills room (area 16 of the Caves of Chaos). He
traded a pair of trained wolves to Snees Goblins for
the book, which they obtained because the Priest in
area 7c of the Keep. Harshkill was going to give it to
his Shaman but when he got back he found out that
the Shaman had been killed by the Ram Clan Beastmen. Brother Stellan will ask the PCs to keep an eye
out for the Book of Hymns and Prayers when he finds
out they are going to the Caves of Chaos. If they
bring it safely back to him, Brother Stennet will give
each of the characters a permanent blessing: once a
day they can call on the power of the Lord, the
equivalent of one hero point per day. This quest is
worth double the faction a Major Quest ordinarily is
because of the popularity of Brother Stennet and the
Book.

There are 24 guardsmen quartered here, each with


splint mail and small shield; 16 of them footmen with
dagger, short sword, and hand axe while 8 are archers
with medium longbows, 20 arrows, dagger, and short
sword. Each guardsman has D6 copper on him.
19. SMALL TOWER
This typical tower houses eight archer guardsmen.
Two are on duty atop the tower at all times. The
other six are in the chamber below. The base of the
tower is solid except for the small stair up.
20. GUARD TOWER
This 50 high structure houses 24 guardsmen (as in
18., above). Their commander is the corporal of the
guard, who is armed with a longsword and a Felstone
dagger. There are supplies of food, weapons, and oil
on the upper floor. The rest of the building is barracks and a room for the leader.

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21. INNER BAILEY


This entire area is grass-covered. The troops drill here,
and there are practice and jousting areas. During the
daylight hours they will always be a dozen or more soldiers engaged in weapons practice.

25. TOWER
Each is 40 high, with battlements, and pierced with
arrow slits to protect the east and west corners of the
building. The fortress men-at-arms are housed in
these structures and in the towers indicated by 26.

22. CAVALRY STABLES


There are 30 war horses and D6 riding horses kept
within. They are tended by two servants and guarded
by two mercenary footmen.

26. CENTRAL TOWERS


These structures rise 20 above the roof of the fortress, with a 5 battlement on their roof. Their two
upper stories house 12 men-at-arms each; 6 in plate
and chain with medium crossbow and sword, 6 in
plate and chain with medium shield and longsword
who are off-duty. It will take two turns for them to
get ready for battle. In the two lower floors are the
rooms of the Lord of the Keeps assistants:
SCRIBE: This room is empty, as the scribe (named
Jimson Vane) was captured by Ram Clan Beastmen while escorting the taxes to the capitol. The
room is fairly austere with only the most basic furniture of simple construction. The Scribe is as
frugal in his personal life as he urges the Lord of
the Keep to be the manner he and keeps his books.
The only real treasures are seven leather bound
books, each worth 12 silver but impossible to sell
in the Keep (as everyone knows about Vanes
books of poetry).
ADVISOR: The Lord of the Keep has one advisor he
trusts over the others, even Brother Stellan in the
Chapel (area 17). He is an elf (a Perelen Warrior)
named Aelen who has a suit of mithril plate armor
and various other extremely valuable magic items
but no PC will be able to sneak in and steal it as
the room is magically sealed except when the elf is
present and they arent good enough to beat him.
The room is lushly fitted with fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, and so on. The advisor carries D6
silver in his purse and has 3 pieces of jewelry
worth 10 silver each on him at all times. Aelen is
very popular with the ladies of the Keep due to his
physical beauty, charm and ability to dance.

23. GREAT TOWER


This 60 high structure houses 24 guardsmen, onethird with crossbows, one-third with bows, one-third
with pole arms, and another corporal as with area 20
above. (See area 18 for tower details and contents.)
24. THE KEEP FORTRESS
This place has many tiers and is solidly built to withstand attack. The lowest level consists of a 15 high
front section. The round flanking towers are 60 high,
while the main building is 30 high. All sections have
battlements. The door is solid iron, inside are a great
hall, an armory for the cavalry, and several side chambers for small dinners or meetings. The cellars below
have vast stores of provisions, quarters for a score of
servants, a cistern, and a dungeon area with four stout
cells.
The Lord of the Keep lives in area 27 (see below),
but he and his assistants will be in the lower part of
the building during the day, tending to business and
holding audience. There will always be eight guardsmen (mercenary captains) in plate and chain armor
with medium crossbows and longswords on duty on
the wall, and the same number with plate & medium
shield and bastard swords stationed inside. The
whole place is well decorated, and the furniture is
heavy and upholstered.
Second Floor: There are rooms here for up to 36
Cavalrymen, plus two chambers for special guests.
There are 12 heavy cavalrymen with plate and chain
with medium shield, mace, and dagger. There are
also 18 medium cavalrymen in chainmail, each with
medium crossbow and axe, quartered here. Their
rooms are sparsely furnished with only a cot, chair,
and armoire for each. Two couriers, men-at-arms
with leather armor and swords, are currently quartered in one side chamber.

MAJOR QUEST: The Dress. Part of what makes


Aelen so popular with the ladies is his ability to obtain
the finest clothes of the best fashions. He promised
the Guildmasters wife (named Tetha) a very fine
dress but the caravan that was carrying it was sacked
by monsters. Aelen is not confident the dress survived or is even fit for a lady to wear any more, but
he will contact the PCs once they have the faction to
get Major Quests and ask them to look for it. The
dress may be found in area A5 of the caves.
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If the PCs bring the dress back to Aelen without damaging it, he will be very grateful, rewarding the party
with 10 sp and a set of Rings of Silent Speech, one each
character.

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RESCUE THE LADY
The Lady Nermina, wife of the Lord, has been captured. She went on an ill-advised trip to the river to
paint, guarded by a troop of soldiers, and this group
was attacked by Snees Goblins (area D in the Caves of
Chaos). The soldiers were wiped out, with a few survivors taken to the Caves of Chaos and auctioned off to
the monsters there, ending up as food, and the Lady
was bought by the Evil Chaos Cult. At present she
languishes in one of their prisons (area K64), waiting
her doom and praying for rescue.

27. THE LORD OF THE KEEP


This portion of the fortress is 10 above the main roof
and has battlements. Inside is the private room of the
commander of the whole Keep, It is lavishly furnished, with a silver mirror (worth 3 sp) on the wall,
a malachite bowl (worth 75 cp) on a table, and a fox
robe (worth 12 sp) in his armoire. He has a small
silver case (worth 45 cp) which contains 40 silver
pieces and 12 gems worth 1 sp each. There is a Velune
Spear on the wall by the door.

The Lord of the Keep is distraught, his love is missing


and he cannot go get her without her certainly being
killed. Once the party has Keep access and has finished
the Find the Caves of Chaos quest, the Lord of the
Keep will meet the party over another spectacular
meal with dancing and music, then speak to them privately. He wants his wife back, or at least word of
what happened to her.

His chain of office is silver with gems (worth 18 sp),


but he carries no money on him (he has no need for
it). The Lord of the Keep is a very clever fellow, but
at times he can be too hasty in his decisions. His bravery and honesty are absolute. If a guest asks him any
question, he will do his best to answer, providing that
it does not compromise the security of the Keep.

Bringing word of Lady Nerminas death (and some evidence, such as her hair or the wedding ring from her
finger that cannot be pulled off in life) will result in a
week of mourning in the Keep in which all shops are
closed. The PCs will be given 5 silver each and
thanked for their efforts.

The Lord is very irritable and worried lately because


his wife was stolen from an escorted trip to the river
against his wishes and is a prisoner in the Caves of
Chaos, or worse.
MAJOR QUEST: Find the Evil. If the PCs have
access to the keep and are not so obnoxious they are
never invited again, they are given a quest by the
Lord of the Keep himself the first night there. He
knows that the Caves of Chaos are more than just an
assembly of monsters, that something is attracting the
evil, something old and worse than Orcs and Goblins.
He tasks the party to find out what this is, and report
to him as soon as they discover something that seems
ancient, evil, and part of the caves. They are to return immediately so that the answer can be found.
Thus, once the party finds the three altars in the Temple of Evil Chaos (area 58 in the Caves of Chaos),
they have finished this quest. Upon their return the
party is rewarded with 3 silver and a Pendant of Life
each. This then leads into a Keep Quest: Destroy the
Altars.

Bringing back Lady Nermina alive will result in a week


of rejoicing in which prices are 10% lower in addition
to all other modifiers, and the PCs will be rewarded
with 10 silver each and an enchantment to each of their
weapons by the Guildhall mage. The mage isnt exactly sure what the result will be (because he uses an
item that adds the enchantment, something he keeps to
himself in his Guild) but it will be an enchantment.
The GM should roll on the random weapon enchantment tables in the Jolrhos Loot book, it will be a minor enchantment only. Roll a D6: 1-2 it is a minor
prefix, 3-4 a minor suffix, and 5-6 a proc. The GM
should also try to keep the enchantment to be something that the character will use or benefit from: a
mage shouldnt get a bonus to damage with their staff
and a warrior shouldnt get a mana boost for their axe.
The enchantment process takes a full day and requires
turning over the weapon to the Guildhall. The newly
enchanted weapon will be presented at a special celebration in the Inner Bailey after a long set of meals,
speeches, dances, and so on.
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DELINQUENT TAXES
The Lord of the Keep has another problem, somewhat
less significant but still vexing to him. In some ways it
is more of a problem for the Keep than the missing
Lady: the Lords scribe and accountant Jimson Vane
was captured along with the yearly taxes and paperwork. It was being delivered to the Capitol when not
far from the keep it was set upon by a rare combined
force of Goblins, Orcs, and Beastmen. The battle was
furious, but in the end the caravan was looted and
many were carried off. Not only does the keep now
not have someone to do the paperwork, which is very
annoying not just to the Lord but all the soldiers who
have to try to fill in, it has not paid the yearly taxes to
the King who not patient with this delay. The accountant was only taken a week before the PCs first set
out on their adventures here (started the module), so
the Lord is hoping that Vane is still alive.

DESTROY THE ALTARS


Once the source of the evil that has caused the monsters to gather in the Caves of Chaos has been discovered, the PCs will be asked to stay in town for a few
days while a solution is worked on. Research into archives of the area and contact with the Mage Guilds
reveals that these altars are an ancient evil known as
the Chaos Cult. Long thought destroyed, the altars
apparently were sealed up centuries ago by the elves,
but not dealt with. A solution is suggested in the archives, one that will require some effort to prepare.
First, some water from the caves is needed, fresh water that originates in the caves. This means only one
place, area 33 in the Shunned Caves. If the PCs have
cleared that area out, they should know where it is,
but they might need to search for it. If the area was
previously cleared, in the interim a Nightcat has
moved in and given birth to three nightkittens. The
kittens are housecat sized and not able to fight or even
generate their darkness field yet, but the adult will
guard them very vigorously. Ideally, the characters
should get into the water cave, find a nest of rags and
weeds with large pure black kittens in it, eyes barely
open, then mama comes home and attacks, plunging
the area into darkness.

The quest is threefold: collect the taxes, the paperwork, and Jimson Vane himself. Vane threw the key
away when the Caravan was attacked, so the taxes are
still intact in area E22, while Vane himself is in F25
and the paperwork is at G34
Bringing the taxes back to the keep will result in a reward to the characters of blanket amnesty for any
crime or trouble they have committed and erasing of
any negative faction. Thus, in addition to the faction
the quest gives, if the characters are still under 0 faction, they are brought up to 0 to start over. Further,
the characters are given a Healing potion and a Potion
of Health each.

Also needed for the solution is a weapon that has been


in the presence of the altars for an extended period of
time. No weapon used by the cultists will qualify, but
the mallets used to ring the Great Bell in area 58
would. If one is picked up, the handle chills the hands
and clearly they are tainted with the evil of the altars.

Bringing back Jimson Vane gives the characters a second helping of faction (this quest counts double for
faction) and the players are not only given 10 silver
each, but an enchantment for their armor or robes.
The GM should roll on the random weapon enchantment tables in the Jolrhos Loot book, it will be a minor enchantment only. Roll a D6: 1-3 it is a minor
prefix, 4-6 a minor suffix. This enchantment be something that the character will use or benefit from if possible. The enchantment takes a full day, done at the
Guildhall by the mage there using an item that enchants other items, randomly. Once he does one
weapon and one piece of armor for each character he
no longer has any charges in the item. The armor is
presented the characters personally by the Lord of the
Keep and they are thanked, again.

The third thing the PCs need to find is a plant called


Gensin Weed. This is not uncommon, but it only
grows near the Caves of Chaos. When it is described,
the party will remember seeing something like that
around the trees in the ravine. They can collect the
five doses required in short order, but the GM should
roll a random event while they are in the process of
picking weeds.
The last thing that is needed is for the players to have
returned the Book of Hymns and Prayers. The priest
Brother Stellan needs it to bless the concoction that he
will make to destroy the altars. If the book has already
been returned, then the quest is that much easier. If
not, theyll have to go look for it. If the GM wants to
give the PCs a break, Brother Stellan will have a dream
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he sees that a mighty orc holds the book. This narrows


down the possibilities to two lairs (B and C) which
they may have already cleared partly.

In addition, all their equipment damaged in the fights


at the Caves of Chaos is fixed for free and in perpetuity
none of the PCs ever again has to pay for any lodging,
food, or drinks in the Keep.

The process works like this: The Gensin weed, water,


and book are used to create some supercharged Holy
Water that wont harm undead but it is believed to be
able to weaken the altars. Then the PCs need to take a
weapon imbued with the pure evil of the altars (the
mallet from the bell) and pound the altar, which
should destroy it.

A feast is held in the Fountain square (area 13) in


which the party is begged to tell their tale of valor and
how they cleared out the Caves of Chaos (and any
other stories they care to tell), food is served, dancing
and music and various entertainments are presented,
and no PC is allowed to be lonely. At the feast, the
Lord presents the PCs with one item each from the
Keeps treasury and armory. The party is offered a
choice between these items, they may take one each:

In fact, it will, with certain consequences when each


one is shattered (as described in area 58 of the Caves of
Chaos). When the PCs succeed at this everyone will
know as golden light blasts from the sky and hits the
Caves of Chaos and the Temple of Purity at the same
time, bathing them in sunlight inside and out. Inside
the Temple of Purity a font has been created that will
heal one disease per day for a single person if the waters are drank from the bowl.

When the PCs return, a week-long festival begins,


with prices 25% lower in addition to all other modifiers (but they will not drop below half price), a parade
of sorts as the streets are lined and flowers thrown at
the characters, complete with women (or handsome
men) kissing them, children following them and singing, music playing and much congratulation.

A Mageband of Felstone and pearls


A Collar of Feral Power
A Pouch of Critters
A Dwarven Steel Piercing Axe of Deflection
A Felstone Pure Dagger of Penetrating
A Stalwart Eilhas Medium Shield of the Sun
A Safety Star Iron Plate Helm of the Mule
A Dwarven Steel Mages Longsword of Parrying

Each character gains a contact: the Lord of the Keep on


11-. He does not wield great political power but can
be a useful character witness and perhaps help the PCs
in a jam.
And finally, all the characters gain a bit of a reputation,
bolstered by letters and the couriers sent out. If the
GM continues running games with this party, then the
nobility and lords of the land are aware of their valor
and service to the crown and the cause of good. They
may get jobs from the rich and powerful because of
this reputation, particularly if the party has been well
behaved and honorable while at the Keep. This allows
the GM to justify having the PCs hired by a Baron for
an adventure or requested by the Guilds to take a job.

The parade leads up to the Inner Bailey where the Lord


of the Keep is outside the gates. He will make a
speech about the valor and honor of these men who
show such perseverance in the face of great wickedness
and against the terrible challenges of the Caves of
Chaos have destroyed the evil that they have all faced.
He is sending couriers to all nearby towns and settlements with the news of the great victory and who won
it for them all. As a result, should the characters continue to adventure in the area, they should be considered to all have +2 to their trading skill (even if it is 8) in the local area and they will be known by name,
recognized and praised, drinks will be brought, and
everyone will want to hear the story, again.
Each PC will be given a bag of 25 silver, and told that
they may train for free at the Guildhall. This offer
only works for one training session, they cant keep
coming back to spend more experience points later for
free.
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none of it, He will refuse any PC entry, will not deliver a letter, doesnt let his daughter out of the house
the whole time the PCs are at the Keep, and checks all
the mail very carefully for just this sort of thing. Hell
throw the letter back at the PC if its slipped into the
mail (or in the gutter), and if it shows up again, will
tear it to shreds. However, a stealthy sort could sneak
into the apartments second floor and leave the letter
with Ceilia. Her room faces the street and the window
is not locked. This would have to be done at night, or
the dad will see and move her, locking the window,
calling the soldiers, and so on. So it will require
stealth and climbing, or some very elaborate plan to
get past daddy to the girl. If it is a break in, Ceilia
wont scream but she will look nervous at the intruder, until the note is delivered, at which point she
will be happy and blushy. The sneaky fellow breaking
in should have to dodge a patrol as it goes by and have
dad check on his princess just as the rogue is about to
enter the room, needing to duck down. If another
scheme is used, complicate it as much as you can without being absurd. The grateful Goff will pay the PC 5
copper (its all he has on him) and the other soldiers
will get a kick out of the whole thing, ripping on him.
The PC will get one get out of jail free card from the
soldiers: if hes caught doing something, he will get
marched off, then set free with a wink. Once.

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There are several minor quests that are available in the
Keep that do not start with any major character. They
involve the general public of the Keep, each a small
task that will have a modest reward and have little impact on the game. These are included for the GM to
increase interaction in the Keep and give players who
prefer role playing and politics more than combat a
few things to do on the side.
Most of these are quests that can be completed entirely
within the Keep, and most can be done by passing
notes rather than interaction, something the GM can
do with a single character while the others are busy
elsewhere. Any character that finds their faction slipping can shore it up a bit with these quests as well.
Comfort the Sick. Little Gemmy is a very sick boy,
he has a disease that Brother Stennet cannot cure and
no one knows exactly what it is. His racking cough,
sunken eyes, and sickly frame are apparent to all.
Gemmy cant get out and play like the other boys and
he gets very lonely and sad. While in the Fountain
Square Market at the Traders or Provisioners, one of
the PCs is approached by a plain, mousy looking
housewife. She asks, gingerly, as if afraid the adventurer will hit her, if they could come by some time
when he or she has some free time and visit little
Gemmy. Gemmy loves stories of adventure and tales
of heroism, and it would cheer him up so if the PC
would just spend a little while with him. All the PC
has to do is tell a few stories of adventures - this is a
good time for a player to tell a gaming tale from previous RPGs - true or not. Gemmy will be appropriately
frightened, gleeful, wide-eyed, and joyful at the story.
Hes a good kid, just sick and lonely. Finishing this
quest earns a meal for the day and is worth as much
faction as a Major Quest. The PC can return as often
as they like and tell stories, for a Minor Quest faction
reward once a day and another nice home cooked meal
with a good family.

Forbidden Fruit. There was a time when the monsters werent so bold that people could go out and
hunt and trap, collect herbs and wild fruit out in the
surrounding area near the Keep. Now its too dangerous, and the Lord has issued a stern law that no one
but adventurers and patrols are allowed out without a
military escort, and those arent available except for
special occasions. Theres a merchant at the Fountain
Market when the PCs head through that comes here
for the Crimson Plums that grow wild in the area, and
he cant get any this time. Hes willing to pay the PCs
if they can just get him some. The only grove in the
area is at area 2 in the Surrounding Area, which also
happens to have a spider problem. The PCs can gather
10D6 of the plums, although half the plums on a character are smooshed if hes yanked into a trapdoor spiders lair. When the plums are returned, the merchant pays 1ip per plum and gives the PCs 3 apple-herb
tarts that are actually enchanted because of the herbs.
For an hour after eating a tart, the PC gains 1 EGO and
3 Presence (with all benefits). The tarts are easy to
mash and anyone falling into a pit or similar situation
will destroy theirs. The tarts only keep a week.

Deliver the Love Letter. Goff Harwik is a gangly


teenaged boy who is a private in the guards. He has
fallen in love with an elf girl (equivalent about his age).
Miss Ceilias dad is very proper and wont let some
human boy near his princess, but she seems to like
Goff okay, and he wants to deliver a letter to her. His
job and the dad make that impossible, but he wonders
if the PC cant do it for him? Ceilias dad is having
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Horkins Stash. There is a merchant that heads


through this area every so often and hes heard of
Horkin. This guy sells charms that are plainly not
magical but are thought to bring luck, love, and so on
such as rabbits feet and four leaf clovers. He can be
encountered in the Wildsedge Tavern, the Traders,
the Gem Merchant, the Savings and Loan, or the Fountain Square. He wants to know where Horkin gets his
goods, and will pay the PCs to find out. Horkin doesnt have a warehouse, he has a magical portal he grabs
things from, but he does so subtly, under the table
from a sack which is just a way of covering up the
glowing portal he sticks his hand through when he activates it. Thus, the PCs merely need to find out that
hes doing so and report back to the merchant, but
Horkin is suspicious and wont care for people walking
around behind his table and watching. How the PCs
handle this is up to them, but finding out how it works
will disappoint the merchant a great deal but hell still
pay up, 5 cp for each character and a real magical
charm (Key Charm).

point in the Keep and gain a friend in the soldier who


they deliver the rabbits foot to (the other soldiers give
him no end of grief over this episode). The woman
back in the Keep will give the party 18 copper and a
big hug each (a very long hug to the most handsome
member), and a bottle her grandfather gave her of
some ointment or another: one dose of Enchanted
Grease.
Three Coins. The Fountain in Fountain Square (area
13) is used like most, for wishes. Iron pieces and
sometimes even copper are tossed in the water with a
wish, hoping that some dream will come true. Sometimes people throw the wrong thing in, though. A PC
is approached on the street by a portly, weary-looking
man with a request. His daughter is in love with one
of the soldiers who does not return her affection
(looking at the guy you can guess why), so she threw a
coin in the fountain, wishing. Well, the coin she
threw in was an Elven silver piece that has been passed
down through the family for two centuries, it is a
keepsake from the Edaincal wars and he wants it back.
At the same time, he knows that splashing around in
the fountain is not just bad for the reputation, but
likely to anger people which would hurt his business.
If a PC did, theyd just figure he was eccentric, and
whod give them trouble anyway? Maybe they can find
it at night, even? The coin takes 3D6 minutes of
searching to find, twice as long at night in the dark
(and a light source will attract the patrols attention).
Meanwhile, as the PCs search, they also find 1 pearl
for every 3 minutes of searching from a broken necklace, each worth 1sp. When the coin is returned, the
merchant thanks the PCs and gives them an Enclosed
Compass.

Special Delivery. Due to the ordinance that no one


can leave the Keep without an armed escort, when the
Patrol leaves, nobody gets out except adventurers or
an armed caravan. A woman meets the PCs as they are
heading out to the wilderness and wants to talk to
them. This time, it seems the patrol left and one of
the members forgot his lucky rabbits foot (bought
from the merchant above). His wife knows the rabbits foot is just part of a dead bunny, but the soldier is
certain that it is the reason he survived an Orc attack
unscathed and will be a nervous wreck without it. He
cant get back in the Keep for a lucky charm, and shes
hoping the PCs can find the patrol and give the rabbits
foot to him. If they point out that they might not see
the patrol and be gone for days with the foot, shell
reconsider, but if not she will press it into the most
handsome adventurers hand and beg him to take it to
her husband, who is so often gone this time of day for
hours at a time leaving her all alone in her apartment
(which she points out the location of). The PCs can
hunt for the patrol or just head out and figure they
might run into it. If they just head out, then the only
chance of meeting the patrol is if a Random Event indicates this (the unlucky soldier will be there). If they
deliberately go hunt him down, on the die rolled to
check for a random encounter on a 6 the patrol is
sighted, fighting a group of D6+3 Goblins. If the PCs
help the Patrol beat the goblins they gain 1 faction

Tricks are for Adults. The landlord of the Wildsedge Tavern and the owner of the Inn are good
friends, and they have an ongoing game playing tricks
on each other. Over time it has gotten ever more
elaborate, and now they have to use surrogates. One
PC is hired by the owner of the Inn to pull a trick on
the landlord of Wildsedge, by dropping an herb into
his beloved honey mead that will give him severe diarrhea, and one PC is hired by the landlord of the Wildsedge to slipp ten counterfeit (and obviously so) copper coins into the innkeepers money. How they do
this is up to the PCs, but the reward is similar: free
lodging at the Inn for a week, and free food at the Tavern for a week, plus some laughs for all involved.
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Nothing will bother the party when camped outdoors,


unless they are within six squares of a numbered encounter area. For each square they are within the six
square range there is a 1 in 6 chance that the monsters
there will seek them; so at 6 squares there is a 1 in 6
chance, at 5 there is a 2 in 6, at 4 there is a 3 in 6, at 3
there is a 4 in 6, at 2 there is a 5 in 6 and at I square a 6
in 6 - automatic encounter related to the encounter
area they are near.

There is a surrounding area map provided for this


module, as a suggested layout for the GM to use, but it
is only a general suggestion and even includes details
that are not written up in the pages of this module.
This allows the GM to add in new areas they design
such as the Caves of the Unknown.
However, the GM can feel free to design their own
map, placing the locations listed here where he wishes.
There are only a few fixed features that are known for
certain: the Keep and the old road that leads to civilization. This lies at the edge of the adventure area, with
the rest of the map an unknown wilderness.

Organized parties should post at least one guard in


shifts throughout the night. Most animals will avoid a
fire, although monsters from an area will be attracted
to it.

Even the inhabitants of the Keep do not travel far from


the stone walls, gathering food, water, wood, and
herbs. A patrol leaves the keep once a day and sweeps
through the immediate area, but does not stray more
than a mile from the Keep. The Lord of the Keep simply does not have the resources to explore or control
more territory yet.

Take note of what provisions are brought with the


party. Characters with Survival skill or any related
ability such as Hunting or Fishing can attempt to gather
food from the surrounding area. However, this will
take an hour or two out of the travel time, and the PCs
may want to simply pack in food and return to the
Keep for supplies.

In order to make this module as flexible as possible,


the adventures in the surrounding area are provided
here as individual locations rather than spots on a map.
They are given basic conditions (how far from the
keep, what kind of terrain they ought to be found in,
and so forth) but are isolated and can be dropped anywhere on a map. This preserves the GMs ability to
arrange the adventure as they wish and the map as they
desire.

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1. MOUND OF THE LIZARD MEN


Before you is a large earthen mound at least fifty
feet across and twenty feet tall. It has shrubs and
small plants growing over the top, but no large
stones are visible in the mound. The mound
looks as though it was piled up in the last few
years, as the plants growing on it are younger
than in the surrounding area. An opening is in
the mound on the side facing you, like a small
cave.

The weather, terrain, and plant life are up to the GM


and their setting, but the monsters are fairly set: they
must be of the kind that are encountered in these adventure areas and in the dungeon.

This location is the home of a tribe of exceptionally


evil Saurian. This mound of earth is artificial, built up
by the Saurians and should be located near water if
possible, and closer to the Keep than the Caves of
Chaos are. Being nocturnal, this group is only a rumor
to the residents of the Keep, and they will not bother
individuals moving about in daylight unless they set
foot on the mound, under which the earthy burrows
and dens of the tribe are found. One by one, males
will come out of the opening and attack the party.

On the map provided with this module, characters can


travel 2 square per hour searching, 5 walking. Walking
in the fens is at the rate of 2 square per hour. Walking
is done in the forest at 4 squares per hour. Movement
on the paths is doubled.

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There are 6 males total who will attack. If all these


males are killed, the remainder of the tribe will hide in
the lair. Each has only crude weapons: the largest has a
necklace worth 11 silver.

Each Spiderling will attempt to pull the first two characters not mounted on horses or other steeds into the
ground, and hold the lid shut as tightly as they can.
Within the first spiders pit is a skeleton wearing rotted armor and dusty, stained shield that is actually a
Beasthide shield of fine quality.

In the lair is another male, 3 females, 8 young and 6


eggs. Hidden under the nest with the eggs are 12 copper pieces, 18 iron pieces, four copper ingots worth 2
silver pieces each, and two doses of the Renk herb.
The tunnel is only four feet tall, so normal sized characters will have to crouch to move in, but the interior
chamber is seven feet high and twenty feet around.
Any character that moves into the chamber is hit by the
waiting saurian, who have been holding their phase.

3. BANDIT CAMP
You hear it before you see it: the sound of men
talking and singing, some arguing. As you draw
near, you see a clearing in a lower area of terrain
with a rude camp set up in it. A fire burns, several cleaned animals hanging from wooden stakes
for cooking nearby. There are at least ten tents
set up and a partially finished rough wooden
structure nearby. It appears that this camp has
been used for some time by these men, all of
whom look rough and dangerous. They are
armed and armored, and one is particularly huge
and glowering, holding a huge hammer over one
shoulder. You can see a bald, tattooed figure
watching the men with careful eyes, wearing a
suit of chain mail.

The Saurian do not have armor, and use only stone


weapons. Each one is armed with a stone dagger and
hammer. The young do not fight, and the females are
the equal to the males (and difficult to tell apart for any
not familiar with Saurian).
2. SPIDERS LAIR
Two Ambush Spiderlings live in the clearing here, on a
path that leads between the Keep and the Caves of
Chaos. It is entirely possible that until the Caves are
found, the PCs may bypass this, but certainly if they
take the animal path that leads the shortest distance
between the two points they will find it. These are
Spiderlings that will grow into full sized Ambush Spiders if left undisturbed, eating animals that blunder
past. There are two nests here, buried under the road.
twenty feet apart They dug out pits lined with silk and
created lids to lurk under, watching for travelers and
feeling trembling vibrations from footfalls. The trapdoors are carefully disguised using leaves, dirt, stones,
and twigs, whatever they could find in the surrounding
area. As a result a sight perception roll at -3 must be
made to spot the trapdoors before the spiders open
them up and try to yank someone inside.

A party of a dozen raiders has camped here. This location should be close enough to the keep to see it, but
outside the mile radius patrolling area. It should be
north or south of the keep, not deeper into the wilderness. This camp is the base of operations for a group
of bandits that preys on the roads, closer farms, and
homes of people living near the wilderness. There is a
Major Quest to wipe out this camp and bring the head
of the bandit leader to the Keep (Get Figs).
The camp consists of several tents and one partially
finished rough wooden structure that is intended to be
a barracks in a few weeks. The camp consists of Figs,
the leader (equal to a Mercenary Captain), Buster, his
lieutenant equal to a Mercenary Thug), and ten men
equal two mercenary Archers and eight Mercenary
Footmen.

And that is exactly how they attack, they will reach out
and grab anyone passing close enough and pull them
under with all their strength, trying to close the lid and
hold it with several of their legs while they bite the
victim inside the little hollowed out area. The Spiderlings cannot web up a victim, as their web is only useful for making their little lairs, but they do have venom
they will use.

The stash of the bandits, gathered from the last raid is a


total of 2D6 silver and 3D6 copper plus a cask of good
wine. Figs is a very distinctive looking fellow, with
tattoos all over his bald head and a pair of hoop earrings made from tin. His lieutenant is a big brute who
fights with a maul.

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The bandit group will proceed to get very drunk on


the wine they just stole from a merchant on his way to
the Keep (now quite dead) when the PCs first spot the
camp. They will take a few hours to finish off the cask
of wine and everyone will be very inebriated. If the
party waits until this point, each one of the bandits will
need to make a CON roll to be even conscious, and
the ones who are will fight at -1 CV and 3 less DEX
and CON. They will need to make a perception roll
each phase to see what is going on and react well to it
or they will stand in one place and fight the nearest
danger. None will have their armor on save the lieutenant.

The GM may choose to have the Mad Hermit approach


the group on friendly terms, claiming to be a holy man
seeking goodness in nature - perhaps he actually believes that at times. He will suddenly turn on the
group when the opportunity presents itself, striking
from behind, and calling his ferocious pet to his aid.
The Mad Hermit is written up in the NPC section following the adventures.
5. THE CAVES OF CHAOS
The animal trail you have been following widens
here into a pathway that has clearly been trod by
many feet, leading into a ravine-like area. The
walls rise rather steeply to either side to a height
of about 100 or so - dark, streaked rock mingled
with earth. Clumps of trees grow here and there,
both on the floor of the ravine and up the sloping
walls of the canyon. The opening you stand in is
about 200 wide. The ravine runs about 500
west where the western end rises in a steep
slope. Here and there, at varying heights on all
sides of the ravine, you can see the black mouths
of cave-like openings in the rock walls. The
sunlight is dim, the air dank, there is an oppressive feeling here - as if something evil is watching
and waiting to pounce upon you. A flock of ravens rise croaking from the ground, the beat of
their wings and their cries magnified by the terrain to sound loud and horrible. Amongst the
litter of rubble, boulders, and dead wood scattered about on the ravine floor, you can see bits
of gleaming ivory and white - closer inspection
reveals that these are bones and skulls of men,
animals, and other things,. . .

4. THE MAD HERMIT


You almost missed it as you passed, but the smell
gave it away. Behind some brush here is a little
opening, a hovel that someone lives in! Someone
who apparently doesnt bathe often.
For many years a solitary hermit has lived in this part
of the area, becoming progressively wilder and crazier
and more dangerous. His home is in a huge hollow oak
(or if inappropriate for the terrain, a natural tumble of
rocks forming a passable cave), the entrance to the hollow concealed by a thick bush. Inside is a mound of
leaves and a couple of pieces of crude furniture. Even
his cup and plate are handmade of wood and are of no
value. (There is a small chest buried under a few
inches of dirt under the leaves of the Mad Hermits
bed. In this container are 31 copper pieces and a few
things a madman would value but no one else would)
The hermit also has a pet, a cougar, which lurks on a
limb of the oak (or on a ledge in the cave), ready to
spring upon any unwary intruder. Because it is quiet
and attacking from a position of surprise it will almost
certainly surprise any intruder. The hermit has no
name any longer.

You know that you have certainly discovered the


Caves Of Chaos.

The Mad Hermit has something he values greatly, a


mirror of finely wrought silver inlaid with onyx for a
beautiful pattern in the back of the looking glass. This
mirror is a Major Quest, the Guildhall mage in the
Keep had it stolen by the lunatic long ago and wants it
back as a gift for a lady. The Mad Hermit always carries it with him, stuffed into his filthy clothing when
hes not talking to the image. He will not part with it
this side of consciousness, at least.

This is indeed the Caves of Chaos, the main dungeon


of the module. This is the base from which the local
monsters raid and terrorize the area, and it should be
placed back from the Keep into the wilderness, on a
trail that leads to and past the keep.
There are no lookouts in the valley nor any activity at
this time. The place looks desolate and dead, but looks
are deceiving...

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3: HERB GARDEN!
This area is a veritable garden of enchanted herbs
which anyone with the proper skill can pick. There
are 2D6 total doses of herbs, the GM should roll on
the table below each time the character searches for
herbs (if the skill roll is made, they find one dose, plus
one per point the roll is made by) until the total number of doses is found:

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If the GM wants to complicate matters or add to the
level of adventure that the PCs face as they travel between the Keep and their destinations, he can use this
section to add random events to the journey. Once
the party is five ore more squares from the keep, each
square the characters travel through the GM should
roll a D6; if a 1 results then either roll 2D6 for or select a result from the table below. However, the GM
should limit the number of events to 2 or 3 a day, to
keep them fresh and keep the party moving along. If
the party camps, the GM can roll once for an event at
night as well.

ROLL RESULT

2: STORM!
A tremendous thunderstorm builds and crashes into
the area, with flashing lightning, torrential rains,
strong winds and rumbling thunder. Travel is reduced to 1 square an hour (100 yards) and visibility is
reduced to 30 feet. The storm lasts for D3 hours,
with the rain drenching anything not swiftly brought
under cover in a matter of minutes.

Gamring (Heal 2D6 as damage)

Zur (3D6 aid to INT for perception rolls fades/5 hours)

Renk (heal 2D6 Body, 2D6 Stun)

Wylthian (running and STR costs 0 END for 1 hour)

Wylsain (immune to poisons for one day)

Quorst (awakens unconscious person)

4: PILGRIMS!
Traveling priests and a group of pilgrims heading to a
revered location are met. If this event occurs off a
road or someplace remote, then the pilgrims are quite
lost and need directions to the Keep. If it occurs on a
road or within sight of the Keep, they are on their
way to the structure. Either way, unless mistreated,
attacked, or abused, the priests and holy men will
pause and share some stories of travel, food and water
(if the party needs any, up to one days worth each
character), and healing if any is required. The priests
are able to heal any illness or damage and cure any
disease or poison a character suffers from. They will
not turn down a donation, but do not ask for one either.

Everyone must make a CON roll or get a cold (D6


drain to STR, DEX, and CON, recovers per week)
unless they get under cover within 1 minute per point
of CON for each character.
Due to the thunder, all mounts must be calmed with
Animal Handler or Riding skill rolls or the Animal
Friendship talent. Failure to do so results in the animals bolting, requiring D6x10 minutes to recover
them. A survival or animal handler roll reduces this
search time by ten minutes per point they are made
by. Packed animals lose 0-5 (D6-1) items when they
bolt.

5: CAMPSITE!
The party comes upon an excellent camp site, with
plentiful firewood, enough shelter for everyone and
any mounts or pack animals, a clear view of the surrounding area, and enough off the main road to be
safe and somewhat concealed. The GM should mark
this location on any map they are using the PCs may
want to use it again. If this result comes up randomly, then the GM should have the PCs discover it
close to the end of their day of travel. While camping
at one of these sites, the party will have no encounters
that night.

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6-8: ENCOUNTER!
Roll or select something from the Random Encounter
table following the Random Events.

11: RUINS!
The characters have discovered an ancient, tumbling
ruin of a temple or large structure. It is so old and
ravaged by time and the elements that it is not exactly
clear what the building was originally. If the ruins are
explored, roll on the table below for its contents:

9: PATROL
The patrol consists of one captain (a mercenary captain) and five soldiers (mercenary footmen). They
will take cover if the party looks like trouble and approach them openly if the party seems at least neutral
or is recognized.

ROLL RESULT

If the party is close to the Keep, then this is the usual


patrol and they are simply on their way around looking for trouble near the settlement. They will likely
recognize the PCs and ask them how they are doing,
but if the PCs have not been in the Keep yet or have
only been there briefly, the patrol will not know
them and will ask them where they are going, who
they are and what they intend. If treated well, the
party will earn 1 faction point in the Keep, if the patrol is ill treated, they lose 1 faction point.

Monster and treasure! Roll on the random encounter


table below, then for random treasure.

Shrine! If a character leaves at least 5 sp worth of items


or coin at the shrine they are blessed for one day of +1
to all skill rolls (except damage) and +1 to OCV.

The ruins have a golden glow in them. All PCs who


enter gain 1D6 luck for a full day due to the blessing to
help them in their quest against the Caves of Chaos.
Only works once.

5-6

If, however, the party is distant from the Keep, then


the patrol is lost after chasing a group of monsters
into the wilderness. They slaughtered the creatures
and took some casualties but arent exactly sure
where they are and are rather nervous. If the party
helps the patrol out, they gain 2 faction points in the
Keep, 3 if they heal the two wounded footmen and
offer other help such as food or an escort (which the
patrol will decline out of pride). If the party wipes
out the patrol (two of the soldiers are non combatants
at this point) then rumor will get to the keep and they
will lose 10 faction points. It would be more but no
one can prove what happened.

Empty, the ruins are just ruins

7-8

Empty, this area has nothing in it, but is large enough


for the party and their mounts and pack animals to find
shelter.

Part of the ruins is unstable and collapses on exploration. Roll an OCV 5 attack on each character, if any are
hit, they suffer D3+4 in D6 of normal damage.

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Monsters! Roll on the random encounter table

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Hermit! A druid lives in these ruins. Hes not overjoyed with visitors, but will heal the party and give
them a meal, plus answer 1 question each character
about the area. Then he clams up and hopes they leave.

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Treasure! The area has several sacks of rocks mixed in


with what looks like coins. Each character may roll as
many D6 as they wish, if they get any 1s, they found
nothing. If there are no ones, that total is the number
of D6 in copper pieces that were found.

12: LOST SUPPLIES


The characters notice that some of their supplies are
gone. 2D6 rations are gone between all the characters, through a hole in the bag or theft by someone at
some point. Although the forest has food if someone
has survival skill to discover it, it will take some time
each day to collect food. If the GM is feeling particularly cruel, this could be items like potions, herbs, or
other one-shot, small items that were being kept for
emergencies.

10: CAVE!
The party comes upon a yawing cave. If they explore,
they discover a deep cave 30 feet long and twenty feet
long that slants downward to a pool of water. Within
the cave is a little stone altar with a heap of flowers,
rotting food, shiny rocks, and even 2D6 ip piled on it.
Any item washed in the waters of the pool (including
the characters mouth and body, if they drink the water) is repaired and cleaned, restoring the item to
pristine condition. This only works once per day for
each character. The local monsters know about this
and some use it, leaving an offering on the little altar:
immediately roll 1D6 to see if an encounter occurs, if
a 1 results, roll on the random encounter table below.
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If the random event table calls for a random encounter
or the GM just wants to spice things up with a monster
showing up, roll on or select from the table below.
This table presumes a temperate, generally forested
area as depicted on the area map. If the area that the
GM uses for this module is different, they should come
up with a different list of encounters based on this one.
ROLL RESULT

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This is the main adventure area for the module, where
the PCs can run amok and kill monsters, rescue prisoners, and find treasure. Just finding the Caves of
Chaos is a minor quest which will be rewarded by Captain Sennat at the Keep.
CAVE AREA MAP: There are woods overlays and
rough contour lines shown on the map. These are only
for surface movement references, and once your players are underground you should ignore these markings.

No.

Stampede Oxen

D3+1

Beastman (Hyena Clan)

D3

Orc

D3

Quinslang

D6

Goblins

D6+2

Wolves

D6+2

Swarmwing

D3+3

Megapede

D6

10

Bandits

party

11

Cougar

1-2

12

Cloud Beetle

WOODS: The small groves and copses are thick


growths, tangled and forbidding. Movement through
these wooded areas is slow and difficult, reducing
movement by 2 speed. Characters must move in single file. Even though not shown, there are single
trees, shrubs, and bushes elsewhere.
UNDERGROUND: The caves, passages, and rooms of
the complex are on different levels. Passages slope upwards and downwards between the contours, even
where stairways are not shown. Areas are roofed by at
least 5 of solid rock between the caves and the sky.

INTERIORS: Except where noted otherwise, all underground areas are natural or cut from living rock.
All surfaces are rough (+1 to climbing rolls) with small
ledges, minor cracks, small holes, etc. The floors are
muddy stone with some dirt and straw scattered and
tracked in.

BANDITS: This is a group of bandits from the bandit


camp from area 3 in the Surrounding Area, out looking
for trouble. There are a number of bandits here equal
to the party in number. For each 3 bandits, 1 is a Mercenary Archer, the rest are Mercenary Footmen. The
troop has their armor and weapons plus D6 copper
each. The group will spot the PCs unless the party is
being particularly careful and stealthy, and try to set up
an ambush, the archers off to the sides to snipe at the
party and the footmen ready to rush and attack from
cover (-1 sight PER to spot their concealment). If the
party is stealthy, they will come upon the bandits
readying an ambush on a trail.

LIGHTING: Except where noted, the Caves of Chaos


are unlit and gloomy. The characters will need to provide their own light source for most areas, the monsters within tend to see in the dark or do not need to
see.
TRIBAL ALLIANCES AND WARFARE: You might
allow player characters to somehow become aware
that there is a constant fighting going on between the
Toothgnash Orcs and Ram Clan Beastmen on one side
and the Bloodthirst Orcs, sometimes with Hyena Clan
Beastman allies, on the other - with the Goblins hoping
to be forgotten by all, and the Dvergar picking off any
stragglers who happen by. With this knowledge, they
might be able to set tribes to fighting one another, and
then the adventurers can take advantage of the weakened state of the feuding humanoids.

CLOUD BEETLE: This is a harmless creature with a


particularly useful ability: it cleans up air anywhere it
is, which might make it a useful pet for a PC. As long
as they keep feeding it meat and rotting vegetation it
will stick around, unless ill treated. It can keep up
with the party fairly well and will tolerate being carried.

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Be careful to handle this whole thing properly; it is a


device you may use to aid players who are few in number but with a high level of playing skill. It will make it
too easy if there are many players, or if players do not
actually use wits instead of force when the opportunity
presents itself.

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A: GOBLIN LAIR
Unless the area was very well explored by the party,
there is a 10- chance that as a group enters the cavelike tunnel a number of Goblins equal to the party in
number will emerge from hiding in the trees above and
attack from behind. They are armed with spears and
daggers. This attack will not be supported by the
monsters in area 1 or 2, who presume the ambush is
taking care of intruders. These Goblins have no treasure other than their cheap weapons.

MONSTERS LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE: Allow intelligent monsters (even those with only low
intelligence) to learn from experience. If player characters use flaming oil against them, allow the monsters
to use oil as soon as they can find some. If adventurers
are always sneaking up on them, have the monsters set
warning devices to alert them of intruders and begin to
keep careful watch. If characters run from overwhelming numbers, have the monsters set up a ruse by causing a few to shout and make noise as if there were
many coming, thus hopefully frightening off the intruders. This method of handling monsters is basic to
becoming a good GM. Apply the principle wherever
and whenever you have reason.

Note: 30 feet inside the entrance is a pit (marked X).


The pit is well-concealed, but known by the Goblins,
and it takes a -2 PER roll to spot the trap while looking
(-4 to notice it casually). The pit will open up on a 12chance for each party member that crosses it, if it has
not opened by the last person then they are the lucky
one. The pit is 2 deep (3D6 damage) and the sound
of the lid slapping against the side of the pit (and no
doubt the shouts of the party) will alert nearby creatures, attracting the contents of areas 1 and 2 (all of
the Goblins from 1 and 2D6 of the rats from 2 will
investigate). Even if the trap is disarmed, it must be
done carefully to not alert the locals with the bang of
the lid falling in.

EMPTIED AREAS: When monsters are cleared out of


an area, the place will be deserted for 1-4 weeks. If no
further intrusion is made into the area, however, the
surviving former inhabitants will return or else some
other monster will move in. For instance, a Tan Sludge
might move into the Minotaurs cave complex (section
I), bringing with him whatever treasure it has.

2. OH, RATS
You smell this room before you reach it, a stinking mass of rot, filth, and trash that is clearly the
local garbage heap and toilet. This ten foot section is mounded with refuse, and moving about
on it are many huge rats. The light reflects off
their beady eyes as they watch you closely.

This dungeon is broken up into several different sub


sections, each one given a letter code. This differentiates the portions of the Caves of Chaos inhabited or
controlled by a particularly group or kind of monsters.
Within these letter codes are numbered rooms that
continue from the first area to the last. The entrances
are marked with letters to indicate the contents of that
particular section of the Caves of Chaos.

A total of 18 Sewer Rats are living in this filth, and


they will only attack if the party enters the nook they
are feasting in. If the party just passes by, they will
watch carefully but not interfere. If the party bothers
them, D6 of the rats at a time will attack, and if the
party moves further in or disturbs them more, D6
more rats will get involved. If an area effect attack
goes off in the room, all of the rats become involved.
The pack leader is in the back, a Bloodfang Vermin
who is wearing a silver chain with tiny gem chips in it
worth 45 copper. He was once the pet of the Bloodthirst Orc tribes shaman who was slain in battle, and
fled for its little furry life.
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Ending up here, the rat is a king among the others and


gets the best picks of food. It will be visible in back
once any combat with the sewer rats begins, a glint of
light off the jewelry.

4. GUARD ROOM
The room here is open to the hall and the Goblins
within are armed with light self bows and 8 arrows
each, plus their hand axes. Any characters bearing a
light source will be easily visible to the Goblins as
they watch down the hallway, but they are playing a
game involving stacking bones until they fall down, so
they only have their straight Perception roll modified
by range to spot the party.

2. GUARD ROOM
This irregularly shaped room has a pair of torches
burning in it, giving off flickering light even into
the hallway. It has three benches and a table of
rough wood, on the table lie a few pieces of ill
cooked mystery meat on the table with a dagger
stuck into it and some greasy yellowish dice made
from bones.

There are four total Goblin guards here, wearing


studded leather armor head to toe, as the chieftains
bodyguards. If they spot the party, they will move
back out of the line of sight from the hall begin an
alternating pattern with two firing their bows while
two load and prepare. Each phase, two will lean out
and fire, using the wall to cover them , so that any hit
location below 11 (chest) will be a hit on the wall
instead of the Goblin. Then they will duck back and
two more will lean out and fire while the others load.
The Goblins will be 1/2 DCV while they fire but they
are hoping the cover will protect them. When the
party is too close to shoot at, they will drop their
bows and draw their axes to fight to the death, making a terrific racket to alert the other Goblins they
hope are alive. Each Goblin here has 2D6 copper on
them in addition to their equipment. A silver piece is
lying on the table, the reward for winning their fingerbone stacking game.

If the party has been stealthy, they can sneak into the
hall and will spot [a number of Goblins equal to the
party plus one] sitting around the table eating. The
guards have their normal perception roll to see the
party as well, +2 if the party is carrying a light source
(the dark hallway suddenly became light!) Each Goblin has D6 copper on him.
If the PCs started as captives, their gear is in this room,
and only half the number of Goblins is present as the
rest are out patrolling the ravine.
3. FOOD STORAGE
The door to this room is locked, but the smell of rotting food can be detected beyond it. Should the characters manage to open the locked door (no modifier
to lockpicking rolls), this is what they find:

5. CHIEFTAINS ROOM
The door to this room is closed but not locked. If a
hearing PER roll at -1 is made by someone listening at
the door, they will hear Goblin speech and feminine
giggling.

Beyond the door is a small room with shelves on


the walls and barrels and sacks stacked in the
middle. Salted meat, grain, vegetables, flour,
hanging smoked meat, and so on are stacked in
this room for storage. It does not smell like the
Goblins are very keen on food preservation.

Behind the door is a twenty by thirty room with a


large bed, a table with chairs of fine construction,
a dresser with a large mirror piled with odds and
ends, and the floor is carpeted with furs of various kinds. Two torches each are set in the north
and south walls, illuminating the room and making it uncomfortably warm and smoky. There
are several female Goblins wearing little lounging
on the bed and furs, and a huge Goblin in chain
mail with a giant axe standing in the far side of
the room glaring at you.

The food here is mostly edible, some is just rotting,


some is actually made up of humans that were slain
and smoked, recognizable parts hanging on hooks.
There are two barrels of cheap beer and one of vinegary wine in the room with four barrels of stale old
water, one of which has gunk growing in it and bugs
on the surface. In theory the party could collect D3
days of supplies each character from here. If the PCs
start as captives, they are held by one Goblin in this
room, and the door is not locked.
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A hobgoblin named Grunch lives in here, armed with


a battle axe, wearing a chainmail hauberk. He has the
key to the storage room (3) in a pocket and a gold
chain with an opal around his neck, worth 12 sp. Five
female Goblins are in the room, they all will fight but
have no weapons and -2 Body compared to the male
Goblins. The Chieftain knows enough of the human
language to yell insults, but is in fact rather fat and
lazy and has been guarded and not fought for too
long.

Area Notes: Goblin losses were not be replaced,


though any that are not killed will heal. The Goblins
will tend to flee any combat not going well unless otherwise noted, as they are not the most bold of opponents. In any fight if a quarter of the Goblins have
been defeated, roll a presence roll for them at +1. If
this roll fails, the Goblins flee shrieking and crying for
help. At the halfway point, roll a straight presence roll
is checked, and once three quarters of their numbers
are defeated, one is checked at -2. In any encounter
once the Goblins are outnumbered by the party, they
will try to retreat unless they specifically will not in
the text. If the entire Goblin area is cleared out, other
monsters of the GMs judgment may move into their
little cave complex after a few weeks.

The furs may be used by the female Goblins, yanking


on them to topple players, but they are not particularly strong so they will double up (adding 5 STR) to
trip up a PC, who then gets a DEX roll to stay standing. Any character that falls down is set upon by as
many living female Goblins as are left, up to 3 each.

B: TOOTHGNASH ORC TRIBE LAIR


Upon entering this cave, the party will see the wall
thirty feet to the north is decorated with heads and
skulls (Human, Elf, Dwarf) in various stages of decay
in the dim light from outside. These cheerful greetings
are placed in niches which checker a five by twenty
foot section of the wall. Not all of the niches are filled
yet. Sounds of activity can be heard to the west, but
all is quiet to the east. All Toothgnash Orcs wear a
necklace with the teeth of opponents defeated in battle. At the point marked g on the map an Orc stands
sentry, watching through a small slit that pierces
through to the back of an empty head niche so that he
can see the entrance of the cave. However, being an
Orc, he is not exactly diligent, particularly as this is
used as punishment for lazy or disobedient Orcs. As
such, he only has an 11- chance to be even looking
through the niche, but if the party is loud or flashy
(casting spells, etc) then he will certainly notice and
watch them. If he sees intruders, he will slip to area 8
and warn the other Orcs there. If he does, all of the
Orcs there will move around to the entry cave and the
Orcs in 7 will be alerted and join in as well.

There is an unlocked coffer next to the bed that holds


the treasures of the Chieftain: 150 cp, 28 sp, a bag
with teeth from various creatures such as wolves, humans, and such that he has killed over the years, and a
Fine Silk Dress. This dress is part of a quest from
Aelen in the Keep. The dress can otherwise be sold
for 8 sp to any merchant outside the Keep.
6. COMMON CHAMBER
This large chamber has a trench down the center
of the room filled with coals, smoke lifting up
and blackening the ceiling around a crack that
seems to draw the smoke out it. The room is
moving with Goblins, there are several dozen
living here of all ages. The room is lined with
trash, furs, and dirty rags around the walls in
piles, and the only light source is the low red
glow of the coals. The torso of a human male is
lying on a bench near the center, chunks carved
out of it.
There are thirty adult Goblins and eight young in the
room. The young are noncombatants, the rest, male
and female, are adult fighters. All the adults have
daggers, but only the seventeen males have a short
sword or spear. The room has piles of rotten fur and
rags used for beds around the outside and a set of low
benches on either side of the fire trench where adults
sit and cook their food on wooden or metal skewers
like shish kebobs. Each adult killed has D3 copper on
them, and in the mess of the room is a roll of silk
worth 15 sp.

7. GUARD ROOM
This dark square room has two benches in it, one
north and one south, that run the length of the
room. In the center of the room is a target
drawn on the floor with chalk or some similar
substance, and several round stones are lying in
the targets concentric circles. A number of
Orcs are in the room as well, each wearing
leather armor and armed with a mace and a
shield .
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Again, this area is dark, so characters walking up to


the room with a light source will be noticed immediately. However, because the Orcs are busy with a
game and the cave entrance is so close, they will not
notice light that is down the hall at the cave entry
hall. Their game is somewhat like marbles, trying to
land a stone in the center, but others can knock the
stone away with theirs, and so on. There is money on
the game and the Orcs will be very irritable if interrupted - but then, when arent they? Each Orc is
armed with a mace and a medium shield, wearing
leather armor (2 defense) on areas 6-14. There are a
number of Orcs in this room equal to half the party in
number. Each Orc has 2D6 copper and there is a
pool of 3D6 copper piled by one of the Orcs that was
bet on the game.

10. COMMON ROOM


This very large chamber has two entrances, both
leading to what appears to be the living quarters
of many Orcs who are present in the room.
None are wearing armor and show only daggers
as weapons. There are perhaps a dozen males
and half again that many females, plus almost as
many young in the room. Nets or some cloth
bulk is hung from three walls of the room.
The nets are hammocks slung against the walls all
around the north, south, and west walls of the room.
At each hammocks position a circular socket is dug
into the floor into which strong poles are sunk that
support the opposite end of the hammock when the
Orcs sleep. These poles are stacked against the east
wall to the north of the entrance. In the center of the
room is a clear sunken area with sand piled an inch
deep in it that is twenty feet square where fights are
held. When the PCs arrive, there is a battle going on
in the pit holding the attention of all of 30 of the
adults.

8. BARRACKS
Any character that was not noticed by the lookout at
area g above may spot the Orc in this niche, looking
bored sitting on a stool and occasionally looking out
the slit. If it is day outside, the slit leaves a slash of
light across the Orc and the north wall opposite g
which will be easy to spot. On the other hand, the
unlit hall will quickly show anyone carrying a light
source like a torch, alerting the lookout and the Orcs
in area 8 if they are still there.

The 9 young Orcs however are not paying very close


attention and have a -1 PER roll to spot anyone at the
doorway (the adults have a -5). If a young Orc spots
intruders he will alert his buddies and the youth will
attack the party with a roaring battle cry. It will take
a full phase before the adult Orcs figure out whats
going on, in which the young Orcs will fight the PCs.
Treat the young Orcs as goblins, but they have only
daggers. The adults are split between 12 males and
18 females, and while the males have daggers, the
females are unarmed. None have any armor. Only
two adult and three young Orcs can crowd into a
doorway and attack, but there are two doorways to
guard. Each adult Orc has 2D6 copper on them.
Their weapons and armor are actually stored in the
next room, below.

This room may have Orcs in it or not, depending on


if they were alerted and called to attack the intruders.
If the Orcs are there, a total of half the party in number are in the room, lounging. This is the barracks
for this area, so there are fur and rag beds set up
around the room and a table in the middle with
benches around it. The Orcs will be lying in the beds
sleeping, but their armor will still be on and their
weapons nearby (they are equipped exactly as the
guard Orcs in area 7).
9. BANQUET AREA
There is a great fireplace in the south wall of this
room, casting shifting shadows in the room with
a reddish glow from the low fire. Many tables
and benches are set up in the room, and one table
in the north has a large chair at the head. The
room is apparently uninhabited.

11. STORAGE CHAMBER


This room is identical to area 3 above (the Goblin
storage room) except it is not locked and it also contains 3 medium shields, 17 spears, 2 battle axes, 18
maces, 5 hammers, and 18 hauberks of leather armor.
In a box in the back under a pile of rotting grain is a
Quality Light Crossbow and 60 bolts.

This room is where large meals are eaten, with the


Orc Chieftain sitting in the large chair. This room is
empty unless the GM wants to add Orcs
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12. ORC CHIEFTAINS ROOM

Area Note: The Orc Losses can be replaced over


time, one orc per week. If the lair is not destroyed
and Gargrim still lives after a single incursion by the
PCs, then the males from area 10 will increase the
number of guards at area 7 to a number equal the party
and place four Orcs with medium longbows in area 9
around the corner from the doors for an ambush from
both sides. If Gargrim is slain, the surviving Orcs will
go join the Bloodthirst tribe and swell their numbers,
taking everything with them and emptying out this Orc
lair. In time, the two lairs will be joined, opening up
the secret doors and inhabiting the Toothgnash lair
again.

This smaller room is behind a closed, unlocked


door. The floor is carpeted with furs that have
been sewn together and tapestries are hung at
several points on the wall. There are cushions
piled at the foot of a brass king sized bed, a rich
but much battered and abused chest of drawers,
and an unlit chandelier hung from the ceiling.
Two female Orcs lounge on the cushions at the
base of the bed and a huge Orc is getting up from
the bed with a menacing roar.
This is the cheiftain of the Toothgnash tribe, a huge
Orc with a necklace made up of one tooth from every
man, Orc, Dwarf, or Elf he has killed, and it is very
full. He has two huge tusks that jut up from his lower
jaw, thick and several inches long, and hair dyed
green as an apple that hangs in a three foot ponytail
down his back.

C: BLOODTHIRST ORC TRIBE LAIR


This tribe inhabits the areas from 14-16, and are distinct by their red hair, dyed with blood so that it is
rusty brown in color. These Orcs do not rely on a
watch for their security, instead they use very fine lines
running across the entry passage in a network two feet
wide about ten feet back from the entrance. These
strings run to the ceiling where a recessed section
holds a suspended rope with metal bars hanging from
it. The strings are difficult to see, as they are the same
color as the muddy floor and quite thin but will be
triggered by the first person to walk unknowing across
that section.

Gargrim is his name, and he wears a full suit of chainmail (except the helm, which is a plate helm covering
area 3-4 only). He wields a huge heavy mace in combat and likes to use presence attacks. On Gargrims
finger is a large ring of silver with a topaz in it worth
13 sp. The two females are armed with daggers and
fight as ordinary Orcs, but have no armor.

The trap drops a net (1 1/2 by 2) to fall from the


ceiling on the person who triggered the trap and everything within ten feet behind him, in theory. In truth,
the metal bars make quite a bit of noise as the trap
falls, giving every character in the trap area a chance to
make a dive for cover roll (they have to dive at least 1
to get clear - they wont have time to determine its
exact size). Also, the trap only has a 14- chance to
trigger properly, if this activation roll fails, the net
only falls down on one side, hanging into the passage.
Either way, when the trap triggers it makes enough
noise that it will alert the Orcs in area 14 if they make
a perception roll at -2 (check for each Orc, only the
ones that make the roll will investigate). The net trap
acts as a 4 defense, 2D6 entangle on the entire area,
although anyone caught at the edge can take a single
phase and step out of the net. The GM should keep
track of burning torches, it might light the hempen net
on fire which will make the other trapped people less
than comfortable, dealing 1D6 KA each three segments to everyone in the net until it is destroyed (the
net only has 2 energy defense).

Behind a south tapestry is a secret door that is difficult


to open, it is not difficult to spot but opening it requires 20 strength applied on both sides of the door at
once (not a problem for Gargrim, but challenging for
a single PC who can only apply 5 points less than his
maximum strength on each side at once). If hard
pressed, Gargrim will run to this and open the door,
taking a half phase, and try to reach the Bloodthirst
Orc clan for assistance.
1. Behind a tapestry on the west wall is a rough nook
where Gargrim keeps his treasure. There are two
complete sets of chainmail here (one human one
dwarf) with blood stains on them, four greatswords, a
halberd, and a full plate helm. Behind a large stone
weighing 500 pounds is a smaller niche with a locked
iron chest in it. The chests key is in Gargrims
pocket, and it contains a Scroll of Fireball, a Potion of
Healing, 28 sp, 105 copper, and 81 iron pieces.

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Characters can spot this trap, if they are not paying


close attention these PER modifiers are increased by
a -2 modifier: PCs who make a perception roll at -1
will spot the recessed portion of the ceiling but not the
concealed net within until they are under it, looking
up, and triggering the trap (unless they specifically
state they are carefully moving up). A perception roll
at -2 will spot the strings on the floor, and running up
the walls.

The young do not fight, but instead hide behind the


adults when combat breaks out, throwing trash and
feces at the PCs. When the PCs arrive they will be
noticed with a PER roll; add 3 to one Orcs perception roll to act as representative for many eyes.
The cots were stolen from a shipment headed to the
Keep a few years ago and are in decent shape. They
are designed to be portable and fold up into a package
the size of a backpack weighing 5 kg, although they
are filthy and could use some repair. Each one would
sell for only 5 copper, but the PCs might find one
useful.

13. FORGOTTEN ROOM


This room contains only a weapon rack against
the west wall and in the center a much-repaired,
rickety looking table with two similarly damaged
chairs at it. It smells musty and unused.

Each Orc has only D6 copper on them except the


young who have no money. There is no other treasure in the room, unless the PCs want to try to eat
some of the chunks of meat some of the Orcs have (it
is elf meat).

Only the two Orc Chieftains (Gargrim and Harshkill)


know of this place, secretly meeting on occasion to
plan co-operative ventures. Although the separate
tribes often are at conflict, they are aware that there
is strength in numbers, and they sometimes will raid
together. Each time the two meet they fight, which is
what the weapon rack is for and why the furniture is
damaged and much-repaired. The weapon rack has
two quarterstaves, two cudgels, two hammers, and
two right handed gloves with a metal bar across the
knuckles called Heavy Knucks. See area 12 in the
Toothgnash Orc lair for how to open the southern
secret door, it is concealed but a -1 PER roll will find
it.

15. COMMON HALL


This large room has a long table set up with
benches on either side of it running almost the
full length of the room. A large fire burns
brightly in a fireplace set in the far eastern wall.
Four cots are set up near the entrance, leaned
against the wall. Inside the room at least ten
Orcs, mostly male, are sitting at the bench and
walking around. They seem well armed.
General meetings are held here, and food is likewise
cooked and eaten here, although the Orcs have a tendency to carry their food to their room. There are
six males here two armed with medium crossbows,
the rest bastard swords. Also here are four females
who live in the western forepart, armed with short
swords (cleavers, they lack the +1 OCV but are otherwise the same). All the orcs also have a dagger, but
none are armored. Each has D6 copper on them. A
large firepit in the east wall with a chimney that
reaches the surface through a crack. In this a large
fire burns, lighting most of the room well and blinding the Orcs inside to any light source the party might
be carrying down the hall. If the net at the entrance
falls, these orcs have a -4 perception roll to hear it
and any that make the roll will go investigate (the females will not).

14. COMMON CHAMBER


The walls of this room are lined with canvas military cots. The cots are lined against the walls,
most of them tipped up and out of the way, although three are down with an Orc sleeping on
them. Around the rest of the room are over a
dozen Orcs, both adult and young, male and female. The room is strewn with bones, straw,
rags, and litter and the fire in the middle of the
room casts a flickering light and choking smoke.
There are nine adult males, eight females, and 3
young in this room. The young are very young, just
children, and are non combatants. The males are
armed with short swords and some have a breastplate
of leather armor (11- chance each), the females have
a dagger.
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16. CHIEFTAINS ROOM


The door here is noisy to open and the guard who
stands at point g will most certainly see it open and
hear it creak. He is the chieftains bodyguard and will
certainly attack. He has a cot and a table set up in the
first area where he stands guard and lives here, only
leaving when the chieftain does. When the PCs fight
the guard, the chieftain will hear and will come and
join in the fight in 2 phases (he has to get up and get
his weapons).

Harshkill will leap up and grab his weapons as soon as


he spots the party, but since his room is unlit he will
spot light moving closer and into his room, even hear
intruders. He will know that his door was opened
unless the party managed to do it silently, and will be
on guard - and his bodyguard does not need a light.
If this happens, Harshkill will get up and push on the
stacked food and supplies to his west, heaving the entire pile onto the party as they reach the square just
inside the door. The party will get a PER roll to spot
the falling pile and can dive for cover (only 1 it will
be obvious how big the heap is). Anyone caught in
the collapse will suffer D6+1 in D6 (2-7D6) of normal damage and be trapped in a 0 defense, 2D6 entangle of shelves, boxes, supplies and debris.

The bodyguard is a huge Orc wearing a helm and hauberk (hit locations 3-5, 9-14) and of splinted mail and
is armed with a bastard sword he uses with one hand,
a dagger in his other hand hes skilled with using offhand (giving him +1 DCV). If he isnt doing very
good damage to the PCs,the bodyguard will drop the
dagger and use the sword with both hands, putting his
one level onto DCV.

Harshkill has a wyvern hide belt with a silver buckle


worth 16 silver, a sack at his belt containing 4 silver,
17 copper, and a pair of bone dice he thinks are
lucky. The chest is locked, with the key lying on the
floor under the chest. It is -1 to lockpicking skill to
open. Inside are ten pieces of ivory worth 12 cp
each, a sack with 18 silver and 50 copper in it, but the
real treasure is a Rope of Climbing that is used to tie the
sack shut. The Rope will be in unusually good condition compared to the rest of Harshkills possessions,
but unless the party specifically looks at everything in
the chest or the rope its self, it wont be distinctively
clean and well-made. Underneath the bag and the
ivory is a book: the Book of Prayers and Hymns that
Brother Sennet in the Keep is looking for (a major
quest).

The Chieftain is named Harshkill and when he arrives,


the PCs see he is dressed in a plate helm (hit locations
3-5) that looks like a grinning demon, a plate breastplate (9-12), and chainmail on all other locations. He
wields a longsword and a mace at the same time and
has the Two Weapon Fighting skill to use them both
well, relying on his armor as he makes sweep attacks
on the party. When Harskill first comes in the room
he throws a hand axe at the most dangerous looking
member of the party, it is a Throwing Axe of Distance.
Once the Cheiftain and his bodyguard are dealt with,
the party can explore Harshkills room:
This room seems largely filled with stacked
equipment and supplies. Sacks, barrels, boxes,
and racks of meat stand immediately by the entrance and straight ahead. The room smells of
old sweat and rotting food. Around the corner
from the supplies is a large cot attached to a more
sturdy permanent frame and stacked with old
furs. A chest is by the bed, against the southeast
wall.

Area Notes: These Orcs are a smaller tribe and have


little fame, although they are on fair terms with the
local Hyena Clan Beastmen. There are D6 Orcs out
hunting and gathering when the party encounters this
area who will return once the party leaves. If more
than half the tribe is killed or if Harshkill dies, the survivors will seek shelter in area B with the Toothgnash
Orcs - assuming theyre still around.
If the
Toothgnash have been killed, they will simply flee the
area and seek their fortunes somewhere that is more
hero-free.

If the party somehow killed the bodyguard without


alerting Harshkill, he will be in his cot, his weapons
leaning against the chest and his helm laying on top of
it.

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D. SNEES GOBLINS
While the Goblins who live in A are grubby, stupid,
and weak, these Goblins are smart, well-organized,
and well led. The natural cave here quickly turns into
worked stone passages more expertly dug and
smoothed than the rest of the complex. Torches are
set in the walls in sconces, burning every twenty feet
down corridors. These Goblins do not fear big people
and are much less likely to surrender, only if more
than half of the numbers in an encounter are down will
the make a Presence roll to remain fighting and failure
will result in a strategic withdrawal toward more Goblins.

18. GUARD CHAMBER


A passageway bends to the south and two exits
are visible from this room. There is a table with
benches around it in the center of the room and
six Goblins, three of whom are standing and facing west, the others head down at the table, over
their cards. Coins are on the table along with a
bottle and pewter mugs. A barrel stands in the
corner of the room.
The Goblins here appear to not be paying attention to
the PCs, unaware they are present. In fact, unless the
PCs were unusually stealthy, they know very well the
party is here and where they are. However, they
want the party to come into the room and attack
them and ignore the south tunnel. In the tunnel two
wolves are living, and they smell the party. When
the party is facing away toward the Goblins the
wolves come out and attack silently as they have been
trained to; a PC might hear their nails on the stone
(hearing PER roll -1) otherwise they leap on the last
two characters, aiming for the throat (area 5). With
the PCs at 1/2 DCV, they might be able to land this
attack.

These tunnels are more busy than the other areas, and
the GM should roll a D6 each time the party enters a
new passageway. If a 1 results, then the party encounters D6 Goblins armed with spear and small shield.
They will have food (actually food that the PCs might
eat) but no treasure. If there are more than 3, the
Goblins will form two ranks, three in front and the
rest in back, able to still reach enemies fighting the first
rank because of their spears. As soon as the Goblins
spot trouble they shout Breee-YARK! which is roughly
equivalent to hey rube! and the GM should roll a single PER roll for the nearest room, modified by range,
to see if the inhabitants hear and join in. This group
will only be encountered once.

As soon as the wolves attack (or as soon as the PCs


head down to attack the wolves) the Goblins all turn
and lift a medium crossbow from under the table firing at the party. A particularly observant PC might
spot the crossbows (-3 sight PER), but this should be
a pretty big surprise. Once the crossbows are fired,
the Goblins toss them aside and attack with a shortsword and dagger each, using the dagger for +1 DCV.
If the party drops both wolves and 3 or more of the
Goblins, one will dash for the northwest corner, pull
something from behind the water barrel, and tries to
open the secret door to area 22. This whole process
takes a full phase, but if he gets the door open, he
tosses the bag he retrieved into the room and yells
something in Yrch. The Ogre living in area 22 will
step through the secret door in a phase (he has to
stoop to get through the door), and roar a huge bellowing presence attack. These Goblins fight to the
death if the Ogre is present, if he doesnt show they
try to retreat to area 19.

17. GUARD CHAMBER


The room here has an exit on the far side that
leads to steps and within are several Goblins with
spears and shields. They are standing in front of a
table and benches, staring at you as you draw
near down the hall, waiting with eager grins.
There are six total Goblins here, but unless the party
was unusually stealthy (had someone sneak ahead,
invisible, etc) they will have been spotted by the
guards here. Two of the six are out of the line of
sight around the corner waiting to flank anyone who
enters. Both are holding their attack and will immediately throw spears at anyone who comes into the
room. Each Goblin has three spears and a dagger,
plus a small shield. Each also has D6 copper on them.
There is a keg of fresh water in the room and a deck
of cards on the table with 2D6 copper spread around.
Pewter mugs with water in them are on the table at
each seat.

Each of the Goblins has two quarrels, his weapons,


and D6 copper on him. The bag of coins behind the
water barrel contains 4 sp and 128 cp as payment
promised the Ogre. 3D6 copper is on the table.
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The bottle on the table and all the mugs contains water, as does the barrel, which is gathered fresh every
other day. The secret door, if not opened by a Goblin, is -2 sight PER to spot, it opens by pushing a fabric section aside and pulling at the door from the gap
it conceals.

If the Goblins in area 19 did not alert the Hobgoblin


and the fight did not make enough noise to bring him
running (huge explosions, for example), then the
Snee the Hobgoblin and the Goblin Shaman are in
here standing at the table, having stood up when the
door opened. The Shamans pet is not visible from
the doorway. Either way, the 2 Goblin girls scream
and cower on the bed at the arrival of PCs (they are
harmless and silly, and will not attack the party).

19. COMMON ROOM


This room has piles of furs and rags as bedding,
tables, stools, benches, and Goblins all over in it,
making it very cluttered. There is a large pot
suspended over a fire pit that has a crackling fire
under it and something boiling inside the kettle.
At least two dozen Goblins of all ages and both
genders are in the room.

As soon as the party is visible, the Shaman will order


his pet Venom Hopper that is around the corner to
attack and retreat to the back of the room, then cast
Spirits Warding on himself (+2 DCV). Snee will flip
the table over and crouch behind it, pulling out a light
crossbow and firing it at the party. He has two attached to the bottom of the table, each loaded, so he
can fire twice before hes out. He then will draw his
longsword and medium shield from his back and attack - hell do this immediately after firing if the party
closes on him. While behind the table he has 4 extra
armor from attacks on the other side of the table on
areas 11-18 which are hidden behind it.

There are ten adult makes and 14 adult females with


6 young in this room. The young do not fight, they
simply cower in fear. The females have daggers and
will fight, but each phase must make a presence roll
to keep fighting and not hide behind the males or retreat. The males are armed with two spears and a
short sword each, they also have small shields. On an
11-, the Goblin also is wearing a full suit of leather
armor. Each adult Goblin has D6 copper on them.

Snee is wearing a full suit of Fenen armor that he pulls


the hood down to while he flips the table over. He
has been enchanted with Runes by the Shaman for +1
OCV and DCV. The Shaman will try to stay back
behind Snee (out of PC hands) and cast spells. Each
phase the Goblin Shaman acts roll on the table below
for which spell he casts:

If the party is causing a massacre of the Goblins here,


then one or two will flee down the hall toward area
20 to alert the Hobgoblin so that he joins the fight. If
so, the Hobgoblin and Shaman will join the fight, the
entire process taking 3 phases.

ROLL SPELL

20. HOBGOBLINS ROOM


The door to this room is closed but not locked.
Behind it is a short corridor and a medium sized
room with a large rug in the center, a fine looking table with six chairs around it, all in good
condition. A four poster bed is in the northwest
corner with several Goblin females lounging on it
in various states of undress. A lantern hangs from
the room in the west and east sides, filling the
room with light, and from the walls several tapestries hang. A large footlocker is at the foot of
the bed and a bench made from a single box of
wood stands against the east wall.

RESULT

Eyeblight

3D6 Flash to sight

Beetle Shell Totem* 2PD, 3 ED Force Field to allies


and self in the area, OAF totem

Feeble

Drain 2D6 STR at range

Snake Venom

Drain 2D6 BOD at range

Icicle

D6 RKA Armor Piercing

Rimebolt

4D6 Energy Blast

*If he has already cast Beetle Shell Totem, treat this roll
as Eyeblight
The wooden box contains clothes, a collection of
skulls, and three bags. Each bag contains 5 silver and
25 copper, plus a handful of cotton to keep the coins
from clinking around too much.
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21. STORAGE CHAMBER


Note that at the location marked g on the map,
there are 4 Goblin guards on duty. These Goblins are
armed with spears, daggers, and slings, each one
holding a bag of 20 bullets. Two of the Goblins fight
up front and two will fall back and sling at the characters if possible. Each guard has D6 copper on them.

While the PCs are in this room there is a 12 chance


per action they take (explore, itemize, check for
traps, etc) that a group of the Beastmen come through
the secret door for their daily raid. A section of shelf
will swing into the room silently and a number of
Ram Clan Beastmen will step into the room equal to
half the party in number, plus one. Each one carries a
Military Flail and a dagger, but they are not armored.
If the party has a light, the Beastmen will immediately
spot them and attack, otherwise they will step in and
begin gathering items before they notice the PCs giving the party a free action against them if they
choose. These Beastmen have no treasure on them.

This large room is stacked with boxes, bales,


crates, barrels, sacks and shelves of goods. The
walls are lined with shelves that are stacked with
all manner of items, and the room smells like a
dry goods store mixed with a grocer.
Unlike the Orcs and Goblins on the other side of the
ravine, these Goblins have been clever in how they
gather their goods and the Shaman has used his magic
to create an area where items do not rot. Thus, the
food here is edible and preserved (if perhaps not to
the liking of the players, such as the jug of eyeballs or
the hands from enemies pickled in a clay jar). These
Goblins have also been very successful in their raiding
because of their contact in the Keep. This room has
the evidence of the spy that works with the Goblins
among the other goods, a stack of papers with shipping orders, cargo manifests and a letter that identifies the writer as the priest in area 7c in the Keep.
This material is what Captain Sennat is looking for in
the Keep, and it will be enough to take the spy prisoner and finish the quest.

Area Notes: Goblin losses will be replaced at the


rate of one every week if the party does not completely eradicate the tribe. If Snee is killed, the tribe
will lose D6 surviving members each week until they
are all gone (joining the Goblins at A, if they are
around still). If the party comes in and leaves without
killing Snee, he will prepare some surprises for next
invasion.
First, the entry will have a tripline across the door that
releases a board stacked with rocks just inside. Spotting this line will be a -1 PER roll (-3 for casual observation). Each character that passes by the door is attacked with a 4 OCV attack roll against their likely 0
DCV (unless the party for some reason is dodging
about and trying to avoid attack). The first character
that is hit triggers the trap, which dumps an autofire of
4D6 physical attacks, roll D6+2 for the area hit by
each rock.

Among the food and supplies in the room are 5 ingots


of Star Iron worth 25 cp each, 5 foot high statues of
marble worth D6 silver each (weighing 4 kg each as
well), four well-made footstools worth 29 copper
each, 6 fine green shirts worth 3D6 copper each, 5
cured hides (cowhide) worth 12 copper each, 6
bronze coat racks worth 5D6 copper each, 4 twoman tents (no poles or stakes) worth 15 copper each,
230 arrow shafts worth 1 ip each, a pouch with five
cones of incense worth 15 copper, and a Wolfen Cloak.

Second, at the end of the dead end passage directly opposite the entry the Goblin Shaman has summoned a
Zombie. It is armed with a crossbow and a mace. It
will fire its crossbow at the party when they enter the
tunnel (it has been told to fire the crossbow at anything
other than Goblins that comes in the cave), then it will
start to walk out of the dungeon, free from the Shamans control. If attacked it will fight back, however,
and it has been covered with circular plates of metal
that, while giving only 1 defense armor, sound like
hitting the lid of a garbage can when struck with a
weapon, which adds +1 to perception rolls of Goblins
nearby to hear intruders.

However, something the Goblins do not yet know is


that there is a secret door between this room and the
Ram Clan Beastmen lair adjacent to this area. The
Ram Clan carefully sneak in here every day to steal
food and supplies (which is why there are guards outside this room).

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Third, when the Zombie alarm goes off, the Goblins


that remain (Snee will have divided an equal amount in
areas 18 and 17) will ready for an attack. Each one
will be armed with a sling, a spear, a dagger, and a
small shield. All of them have leather armor on areas
3-4 and 9-14. They will attack players with their slings
and try to fall back, making half moves either to area
19 or area 23 in the Ram Clan territory (where guards
are waiting for trouble and will join in fighting any invasion of an adventurer party). If pinned down, the
Goblins will fight in ranks, with three in front and up
to three in back using spears over their friends and all
engaging in a Shield Wall maneuver (If a character has
a shield wall on one side of him, he gains +1 DCV in
addition to his shield. If he has a shield wall on either
side, he gains +2 DCV total.)

Meanwhile, the other Goblin at the stairs will grab the


torch out of the sconce and toss it on the stairs. This
has a 12- chance each phase of igniting the oil, causing
the stairs to erupt in flames. This flame will do 1D6
energy killing damage each segment a character is within
the fire, burning for D3 turns. If at least half the party
gets to the top of the stairs, the Goblins begin to retreat again. Any character that walked in the oil has to
make a DEX roll to remain standing each phase they
take a move for the next D6 phases of movement because of oil on their feet.
Finally, The Goblin Shaman will be at the back of the
Goblins in room 18 if hes still alive (he summoned the
zombie before the PCs killed him, it was waiting
somewhere the PCs didnt go to be activated by Snee),
casting spells at the party and staying back as far as he
can away from them.

Fourth, If the ogre at 22 is still alive, it will be paid to


join in the fight immediately upon hearing the zombie
alarm go off. He will be bribed the phase the first
Goblin in area 18 hears the zombie alarm, and will take
2 more phases to reach the intersection of passages by
the cave entry, at which point he will attack every PC
with laughter and glee.

This ought to present a fairly significant challenge to


the party, particularly if the Goblins get reinforcements from the Beastmen from area 23, but note: the
Beastmen dont much care for the Goblins either, and
they consider this trespassing, so theyll fight the Goblins as well as the party.

Fifth, The doorway to area 19 is trapped. In the little


niche on the southern side a Goblin sits on a stool
(armed as the ones above), holding a line. When the
Goblins retreat into this room they will signal him and
he will trigger the trap: a board bent back and lined
with daggers jammed through the wood. The slams
across the doorway with tremendous force at four feet
high (over the head of Goblins). This trap does an attack at 6 OCV, dealing an autofire D6+1 killing attack
to area D6+5 (roll location once) on the first character
through the door and knocking them back 1.

E: THE OGRE CAVE


The Ogre here will obviously be gone if he was encountered in area D and killed. He has gotten fairly
wealthy by acting as a mercenary, a strong arm hired
by the Goblins and Ram Clan Beastmen or even the
Orcs on certain raids. He has made a contract with the
Goblins in area D that if they toss him a bag of coins
through the secret door in area 18, he will come join
the fight. At the same time, if someone offers him
more money (that he can obviously see), hell just take
it - and the Goblin fee - and go back to his lair.

Sixth, the stairs leading between area 17 and 23 are


trapped. At the top of the stairs is a barrel of oil and a
torch. When the Goblins retreat up the steps two will
stop and when the last Goblin is clear, will dump the
barrel down the steps, coating them with a layer of oil.
This makes it very difficult to walk up the steps, requiring a DEX roll to move 1; for each 1 faster the
characters move, the roll is -1 additional difficulty.
Meanwhile, the Goblins at the top of the steps (six can
fit in the area) will use their slings to pelt the characters as they stumble up toward them, yelling BreeeYARK! in the hope that the Beastmen will come investigate (they wont).

22. OGRE LAIR


This cave has a strong, sour odor, heavy with
sweat and something more bestial. In the darkness you can see what looks like a huge bear
sprawled asleep in the southwestern part of the
cave.
What looks like a bear is actually the ogre, sleeping
under a huge bear skin from a Mauler he killed a few
years ago. He has -4 hearing perception due to dozing,
although if anyone hits him hell wake up immediately.
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If undisturbed, someone may be able to rob the Ogre


of his treasures except what is under his pillow (a
large burlap sack of grain). The Ogre has a huge
Ogre Club by his bed and wears fur armor. If the
party wakes him, he speaks 1 point of the local human
language and will give them a chance to pay him or
die - if they offer 20 silver or more, hell let them
live, this time. If he sees them again, hell ignore offers of payment and figure he can take everything.

This mechanism can be found only with searching, a -3


PER roll required to find it (or a mechanics or trap
making roll at -1). Using the mechanism actually lifts
the bar which is holding the door shut on the inside, so
that it clatters to the floor. This will tend (+2 PER
roll) to alert the Beastmen at area 26 to intruders. The
door its self has 5 defense and 8 body (again, weapons
not designed to damage heavy wood such as axes do
half damage), but hacking the door down or burning it
down will make so much noise that half the lair will be
waiting behind the door, bristling with weapons. Let
the PCs hit the door once and tell them how loud it is
(a skull can even fall off the shelf and shatter ominously).

Under the Ogres pillow is a silver and Velune belt


worth 18 silver and a string of beads wrapped around
his wrist that is under the pillow. These beads are a
Magical Charm that he cannot use but knows are
magic. Also in the room in a pile near the bed are a
sheaf of 20 arrows, a Potion of Vigor, and seven large
sacks. #1 contains 270 copper, #2 contains a large
wheel of hard cheese with several bites out of it and
mold forming, #3 holds the slightly rotted corpse of
a wolf pup that the Ogre caught and wanted to make
a pup, then forgot about, #4 holds various shiny and
interestingly shaped rocks the ogre has collected.
Also in the room under the bear hide is a locked box
containing 57 silver and 340 copper: the taxes for this
year from the keep that were stolen. This is part of
the Delinquent Taxes quest (see area F24, below).
There is an official tax receipt and some paperwork
indicating the contents and what it is for included.

If they continue to bash the door down, then they will


be met by 12 Beastmen in ranks of two, four in each
of the three tunnels that lead to the door. Directly
south of the door behind the four Beastmen will be the
Chieftain and Shaman, directing combat. The Beastmen will be armed with bills (poleaxes that can stab or
hack) so that both ranks can attack, and the Chieftain
will have his bow. This is a very poor way to start the
adventure, but it is a good way to be captured or
killed. This whole complex is regularly lit by burning
torches, as the Beastmen cannot see in total dark.
23. COMMON ROOM

Area Notes: If the Ogre is killed off, something else


might move into the caves he lives in, such as a pack of
wolves that the Goblins in D are training or a Goblin
Wasp the Shaman created. If the Goblins of area D are
wiped out, then a Hunting Spider, Gorfungus, Grizzly
Bear, Spotted Polyp, or Tentawort might move in after D6 weeks of being empty.

This large room has been divided up with sewn


leather hangings, creating partitions along the
north and west walls. Each has a flap opening
every ten feet (three on the north wall, two on
the west) and in the open area, you can see Ramheaded Beastmen: at least a dozen including three
young.

F: RAM CLAN BEASTMAN LAIR


Seldom are these fierce creatures troubled by marauders, for the entrance to their lair is barred by a stout,
locked door at the back of the entry cave. Skulls are
lined along a ledge around the walls and a warning is
written in yrch and crudely in the local human language: Yoo kum to dinnur!

There are five males and eight females here, and the
five partitions are for five families (the males here).
The young do not fight, but the males will using
spears and daggers. They wear bone breastplates but
no other armor. The females have daggers and no
armor, and they will attack the PCs in groups of two
or three at a time, only ones not directly fighting a
male (that would take away from his status and the
honor of the fight). The partitions have furs, simple
woven baskets and clay pots, extra clothing, partially
woven cloth, and so on, all worthless. Each adult
male has 2D6 cp on him and each female D6-1 (0-5)
copper.

Which, perhaps, could be taken as a polite invitation.


The door has no knob, it is apparently just a metalbound oaken plug as the hinges are on the inside. A
hidden mechanism controls the door, lifting the bar
inside back so it can be opened.
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24. TORTURE CHAMBER

3. A Mercenary Footman who was a guard for Vane.


His name is Olan Sendrik, and if he is freed he will
vow to serve the party for a full year, refusing
anything except food and shelter (and healing).
4. A homely middle aged woman who was in the
caravan with Vane and Sendrik. She is despondent
and want to die, her husband and daughter were
killed and eaten already, she has absolutely no
hope and wont even try to leave.
5. A Mercenary Archer who like Sendrik was a guard
for Vane. His name is Marten Gent, and he will
make the same vow as Sendrik, but is not as trustworthy. He will take money and items from the
PCs when he wont get caught and will abandon
the party if life gets too hard.
6. A Hyena Clan Beastman from area J who is hostile
to everyone, but will be grateful enough upon being freed that he will not attack them. He will
leave as soon as possible, taking a weapon if he
can. He will not put in a good word for the PCs
with his tribe.

This chamber is dominated by two things: a low


fire burning in an iron brazier on a stone pedestal
two feet tall and six prisoners tied to the south
wall. A small table, a pair of chairs, and a
wooden pillar from the floor to the ceiling ten
feet from the east wall in the center of the room
make up the rest of the furnishings, and two huge
Ram headed Beastmen are standing in the room:
one facing the prisoners and one facing you, holding a whip.
Both of these Beastmen are very tough, with 3 more
CON, 10 more Stun, and 1 more PD and ED armor.
They are in charge of prisoners (also known as food),
and are evil, sadistic monsters. The one with the
whip has learned a legsweep maneuver he does with
the whip (+2 OCV, -1 DCV, 1/2 phase, knocks target down, deals 1D6 penetrating damage). He will
use the whips 1 reach and half move away from targets as long as he can. The other Beastman has one
broken horn and patches of fur missing, a hideous
beast. He has resistance to pain so much that he has
25% resistant PD and ED damage reduction and +3
CON (only to prevent being stunned). He fights with
two heated metal pokers that deal 1D6 killing damage
(energy) but they are armor piercing because they are
so hot. Both are wearing two silver armlets, each
worth 1 sp and each has a dagger.

25. COMMON CHAMBER


This large room is lit well by torches around the
walls and a rectangular firepit in the center holding a flickering fire. There are tables and benches
set out in the main section of the room, and in
the west where the room bends northward, there
are partitioned areas with sewn leather hangings
creating ten foot apartments, three along the
north section and three facing them on the south
section. There are pewter and wood dishes on
the table along with candles, and bunches of aromatic herbs and bowls of salt which makes the
room smell sweeter than the rest of the complex.
Also here are more than a dozen Ram Clan Beastmen, at least half of which are young who are
setting the table.

Chained to the wall are these prisoners


1. A plump, half-dead man scheduled to be eaten
tonight in a special banquet. He is part of a Keep
Quest, (Delinquent Taxes) and his name is Jimson
Vane. He is the scribe and accountant for the
Lord of the Keep, and his books were stolen when
he was captured on the road to pay taxes. Returning Vane, the taxes, and the books will finish the
quest and gain a reward at the Keep.
2. An Orc who will gladly join in the fight to kill
Beastmen with the party even though he speaks no
human language beyond a few words (kill, die,
eat, you, me, yes, and no). If handed a weapon
hell use it to kill every Beastman he sees, but has
no restraint or sense of tactics. The first chance
he gets to leave the lair, he will, taking whatever
he was given. He will flee to area B and tell the
Toothgnash orcs about what happened, if they are
still alive (which might make them more friendly).

This large chamber is used partly for living quarters


and partly for meetings, meals, dances, and general
revels for the tribe. There are four armed males with
bone breastplates (with a bill, a dagger, and two javelins each), two standing in the east corners and two
opposite each other at the walls where the room bends
and the living quarters start. There are also 5 females
and 9 youth. The youth are non combatants (although
one especially brave one will attack the PCs with a
dagger, treat him as a goblin).
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The females have a dagger each, and are preparing


food, but they will not fight unless molested. The
males will close on the party and demand in very broken human language with a heavy accent to know why
they are here where they are not welcome. The reason for this polite treatment is that they dont feel
confident they can beat the party and want to lure
them to a more proper fight. They will try to get the
PCs to go to area 26, which they claim is where their
chief is. They will try to move with two in front and
two in back, as soon as they get to 26 they turn and
attack, yelling a war whoop.

27. ARMORY
If the alarm from the door comes here, two of the
three Beastmen will head down the hall to reinforce
the guards, and one will head back through the secret
door to alert the Chieftain.
This room is lined with racks holding weapons
and armor, most of which was clearly stolen from
or won from defeated enemies. Three Ram Clan
Beastmen are in here, with bows and bills.
The three Beastmen here are armed with medium self
bows and ten arrows each, they split up and try to
keep range by spreading out. One will be near the secret door trying to keep anyone from getting too close
(he fears people might see it if they get close). None
will betray the location of the secret door or go for
help through it while any of the party is present. Each
also has a dagger and a bill to fight with and all are
wearing leather armor and a bone breastplate. Each
guard has D6+1 copper and D3 silver.

Over the fire pit, which is two feet wide and ten feet
long, are a pig, a deer, and a human being on spits.
Each of the males has D6 copper, there is no other
treasure (unless the party collects the pewter and sells
it for 3D6 copper).
26. GUARD ROOM
If the party crashed through the door or alerted the
guards with the clatter of the barred door, then this
room will have no guards in it; they will have gone to
greet their guests. If the fight at the door goes poorly
for the Beastmen, one runs to area 27 for reinforcements. It will take him a full phase to get back to
them, a phase to gather them, and a phase to return
with them to the door.

The secret door is -2 sight PER to find (-4 if not looking) and opens by pivoting. On the racks are a wide
variety of weapons and armor, all of moderate quality.
If the party is low on supplies they might find replacements here:

This room is thirty five by twenty feet and has a


large rough table and two benches in it. Six
Beastman are in here, three to a side. They have
their weapons close at hand and the three facing
the door have bows beside them. The table has
different colored sand in piles and a drawing on it
made up of poured sand.
The drawing on the table is of a bear and trees, and it
is pretty well rendered. When intruders are spotted,
the three at the door side of the table rise and get their
weapons, brandishing them. The three on the far side
of the table flip the table over and use it as a barrier,
getting their medium self bows out (each has 10 arrows; these actions taken all of the actions the Beastmen have this phase). The Beastmen behind the table
try to keep it between them and the PCs, which gives
them 6 more armor from locations 10-18 (if an attack
hits those locations, it hits the table instead). Each
Beastman has D6 copper and each is wearing a bone
breastplate and a 1 silver piece armband.
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1 suit of man-sized plate mail


1 suit of dwarf-sized plate mail
3 suits of man-sized chain mail
2 suits of elf-sized chain mail
7 suits of man-sized leather armor
11 medium shields
6 daggers
1 battle axe
4 maces
3 short swords
2 medium self bows
1 longbow
13 crossbows
220 arrows (14 of which have silver heads)
9 score bolts
51 spears
19 pole arms
12 plate helmets of various sizes
18 chain coifs
12 studded leather hoods (looks very bondage)

28. STORE ROOM


The number of Beastmen in this room varies. If the
party did not encounter the Beastmen in area 21 in
the Snees Goblins store room, then there are five
present here. If they were met and dealt with, there
is only 1 Beastman (and any survivors, if the PCs ran
or were captured somehow). Adapt the description
below to reflect this.

If the Chieftain is dead, he tries to escape either north


through the Goblin territory at D or south out of the
Beastman area. Given the number of doors and interconnected rooms, he may be very difficult to stop.
If pinned down or fighting with the Chieftain, roll on
the table below for what spell the Shaman casts:
ROLL SPELL

This room is stacked haphazardly with boxes,


barrels, sacks, and various supplies. It is
mostly dried meat and odds and ends such as
pewter place settings and candles. Some of the
food is rotting, and you can smell the decay.

Bearform*

Shape shift into a grizzly

Quill

RKA 1D6 Armor Piercing

Thorncoat*

1 body NND Damage Shield,


does full damage

Sap Shower

Clinging 21 STR usable as an


attack, sticky

Tangle

Entangle 1D6, 3 DEF

Stone Darts

RKA 1D6 Autofire

3
4

This is where the Ram Clan Beastmen put the supplies


they steal from the Goblins. However, lacking the
magical protection the room gives, the food doesnt
store as well here. All of the Beastmen here are
wielding a Military Flail and a dagger, but have no
armor.

RESULT

*Once the Shaman turns into a bear he stays in this


form and does not cast any more spells.
**Once Thorncoat is cast, the Shaman will not cast it
again (he loses this if he turns into a bear), he will cast
Quill instead if this result comes up more than once.

28. SHAMANS QUARTERS


This small room glows with a fire in the middle
of the room cooking a pot of foul smelling material. Over it bends a very skinny Ram Clan
Beastman who is covered with brands of various
mystical symbols. His ears droop with earrings
of various kinds, his horns are pierced to hold
more trinkets and charms, his arms are covered
with bracers and chains, and his fingers with
rings. He holds a rod in one hand that hangs with
feathers, bones, and more charms and fetishes.
He looks up when you open the door and glares
at you. The rest of the room is stacked with
boxes, jars, dried creatures, stacks of feathers,
pouches, and so on. Hanging from the ceiling are
herbs and dead animals, swinging slightly.

In the Shamans room is a lot of trash that seems


magical and the Shaman uses to create potions that
taste awful and might have some medicinal value by
accident but are just crud mixed together. The only
thing of value in here is a bunch of Fenuminas prepared and in a clay jar on a bench. If the PCs do not
have the Herbalism skill, it will just look like dried
grass.
The Shaman has many trinkets and pieces of cheap
jewelry on him but other than the one bracelet he
enchanted with the bees, only one is very valuable, a
garnet and ring worth 15 sp. The rest is trash, worth
only 2D6 copper in a big heap.

As soon as the Shaman sees the PCs, he summons a


Swarm of Bees by taking a bracer off his arm and
throwing it down. These bees he sends after the party
(the bees were summoned previously and controlled,
he had them magically stored in the bracer). While
they try to deal with the bees, he runs to room 30 to
tell the Chieftain about the intruders.

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30. CHEIFTAINS QUARTERS

31. GUARD ROOM

This long room has two doors in the east wall.


The north part of the room is blocked off from
the rest or the room with a sewn leather curtain
hung just north of the northernmost door from
the west to east walls. A slit allows passage into
the second part of the room.

Two Beastmen stand in this room with two


mountain lions at their side, facing south. The
room has a pair of cots, a bench, a stool, and a
large low box in one corner.
Two Beastmen stand guard here with large shields and
flails, and at their side are two cougars. They expect
trouble from the south and not the north but have
good senses (as do the cats) and will be very difficult to
take by surprise or sneak up on. They will turn to face
the party unless they fail to sense the PCs as they approach.

In the rest of the room are piece of furniture


making up a living quarters: a table, a desk, a
footlocker, several large chairs, and a barrel of
water. In this section of the room is a huge Ram
Clan Beastman and two guards in partial plate
armor holding spears. The big one has a Military
flail of Felstone in his hands that has a red glow
around it.

These are guards, and when they attack both cougars


roar as loudly as they can (as theyve been trained),
which are presence attacks which are not likely to
have much effect on the PCs: 4D6. However, the
racket they make is also enough to give the Chieftain
+2 to his perception roll to hear the fight, negating
the closed door that causes a -2 modifier. The two
guards have 2D6 copper and D3 silver on them, plus
each one has a single dose of a Light Healing Potion that
they will use if they must and have a chance.

The Chieftain of the Beastmen tribe is named Ironhorn and he is a brute (see his write up in the NPC
section following the adventure). All three of the
Beastmen are wearing plate helmets, breastplates, and
gauntlets (locations 3-4, 6-7, 9-13 covered). When
intruders show up, Ironhorn directs the guards to attack the party and does a presence attack which might
affect the PCs, then charges to attack the biggest and
most dangerous looking character.

The box in the corner is five feet square and two feet
deep of sand, it is the litter box for the cougars,
cleaned out daily. Each guard has 1D6 silver and two
golden arm bands, each worth 1 sp.

The two guards have 3D6 copper on them and D3


silver. Each is wearing two cheap gold armbands
worth 1 silver each. Ironhorns treasure is listed on
his character sheet. The footlocker is filled with
clothes and furs, but under it all is a false bottom (-1
PER to spot) and under it is 113 copper and 27 silver
plus a Wand of Silence he was saving to give to the Shaman at the party that was to happen this evening.

Area Notes: Beastman losses will not be replaced. If


Ironhorn and his Shaman survive, the Shaman will have
the Wand of Silence from area 30. If the Shaman or
Ironhorn survives (but not both), then the clan will
stay and the number of guards at all locations will be
doubled (if need by the extra guards are from hunters
and Beastmen out on patrol).

Behind the partition are four females that are skittish


and flighty, they are cowering on the big bed that
dominates most of this area. Rugs and furs are
thrown on the floor, a bottle of wine is by the bed on
a stand, and tapestries are on the walls. This area is
lit by two oil lanterns set in sconces in the wall, and a
small barrel of one gallon of lantern oil (weighing 15
kg) is by partition at the west wall. As soon as the
PCs enter, the females start running and leaping
about, then stampede across them (doing move
throughs) to the exit and run crying for help out to
the entrance of the caves. They each have 5D6 copper worth of jewelry on them, if they can be caught.

If Ironhorn and the Shaman die, the tribe will leave,


emptying the lair in two days and taking everything of
value with them. If more than half the tribe is killed,
or if the shaman and half the tribe is killed, then the
tribe will move to a different area deeper into the wilderness, abandoning all the furniture, place settings
and anything else that is technology, even tables and
chairs. They blame the adaptation of human things as
the reason for failure and are sorry they have angered
the spirits.

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G: SHUNNED CAVERN
Even the normal inhabitants of the area stay away from
this area (including the Ogre). The creatures who
dwell herein are strange and dangerous and a horrible
stench warns anyone who draws near of the danger.
Bones are scattered in front of the cave as a warning to
not come near, especially at night. These areas are not
worked or carved at all, they are a series of uneven
caves. The floor is slanted at odd angles, stones lie in
the passages, stalactites and stalagmites jut off the floor
and ceiling, and strange looking mineral growths are
on the walls and floors.

33. SHALLOW POOL


This portion of the cavern is very wet, and all of
the walls and the floor have a sheen from the
dampness. There is a large pool of shallow water
in the cave that is full of murky water. This cave
does not smell quite as bad as the others.
In the bottom of the pool lies a golden goblet with
crystals in it, dented but still worth 13 silver. The
skeleton of the Goblin who was going to hide it here
is in the water as well. Above the pool, on the ceiling, is a Spitter. It will sense intruders and begin to
summon Spite Blooms, launching them at the party.
The Blooms are light enough that they tumble right
across the water without sinking. A PC might spot
the Spitter on the ceiling with a -2 PER roll (straight
up roll if they are checking the ceiling), as it is hidden
partially behind a rocky projection.

32. EMPTY GALLERY


These caves have a strong stench, almost overpowering. The smell seems to be coming from
deeper in the caves. Scattered on the floor are
pieces of rotting meat, carved figures, bones,
shiny rocks and a few coins.

34. THE LEECH DEN


The other monsters in the caves arent sure but they
think it cant hurt to give whatever lives in the caves
offerings so they toss various things in here on occasion. As a result there are a few coins on the floor.
The PCs can search up the money, but doing so will
increase the chance they encounter something wandering around in here. Each turn the PCs can find D6
coins, roll a D6 for the type: 1-4=iron pieces, 56=copper pieces. There are a total of 20 iron and 8
copper to be discovered, once all that has been found
no amount of searching will turn up any more. Each
turn, roll another D6; if a 1 or 2 results, then something wanders into this cave, roll on the table below
for what the creature is:
ROLL RESULT

This cave reeks horribly, the stench is so bad your


eyes water. On the floor is a lump of wet material like a soft stone or pile of goo. As you look,
an eye opens on the pile and you realize it is a
toad almost two feet long. The toads eyes glow
brightly, like torches.
This is a Blindtoad, and if approached it will panic and
flash the characters, hopping around the cave and
flashing over and over until they leave or it can get
past them safely to another cave. However, the Land
Leech that is in the tunnel to the southeast will sense
the commotion and presence of strangers. It will
wriggle out and attack the nearest PC while they are
blinded and distracted by the toad. The leech is the
source of the horrendous stench these caves have.
Being near the leech is so incredibly stinking that it
literally weakens the characters, so the toad stays far
away from the thing, but not so far it isnt somewhat
protected. Back in the tunnel that the leech came
from are a lot of bones, pieces of fur, torn bits of armor, broken weapons and other evidence of the
leechs previous meals. Among the debris is a scroll
tube with a Scroll of Protection from Undead and 3D6
copper scattered in the mess. Also here are two
books of accounting in a leather satchel with a quill,
paper, and a bottle of ink. This is the accounting
bookwork Vane needs, and is required to finish the
Lost Accountant quest (see area 24).

No.

Quill Rats*

D3

Sewer Rats*

D6+2

Swarmwings*

D3+3

Megapede*

D3

Land Leech

Spite Bloom

D3

The creatures marked * are something that wandered


in from outside as they do not live in the caves normally.

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H. DVERGAR LAIR
Although the number of Dvergar here is not great,
what they lack in numbers it makes up in strength and
cunning. There is a sign by the entrance that is well
lettered in Dwarven and Human reading

Each of the Dvergar are armed with a three throwing


axes and a battle axe. They wear studded leather armor on hit locations 7-17 and plate helmets on 3-4.
If the party is fewer in number than six, the Dvergar
clear away from the table and have the party sit down
(at a disadvantage) pulling more stools up if need be.
The others lounge against the walls and begin a conversation (unless a Dwarf is present, then they are
quiet as their language is most certainly not normal
Dwarven). The two by the door subtly block off the
door, then the characters are given papers to write
their name and profession on, with how long they
will be staying for the records. Once the PCs start
working on these sheets, the Dvergar attack the 1/2
DCV PCs with their battle axes.

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The Dvergar will, as long as possible, keep up the faade of being an outpost in the Caves of Chaos, even
offering food and drink to the party. They will, of
course, at first opportunity they have a good tactical
position (surrounding the characters with superior
numbers, get the PCs to lay down their weapons, go to
sleep, or eat drugged food and drink), attack and take
prisoners.

If the PCs wont cooperate or are suspicious, the


Dvergar at the door (the only two in the room that
speak the local human language) will tell them thats
fine, and ask if they are hungry. He will then direct
them to the common room (38) for a poisoned meal.
If the PCs agree, then the two guards and two of the
card-playing Dvergar go along, not bothering with
their cards (say he puts his cards down and gets up to
follow, if a PC asks about the cards, say he seems to
be ignoring them and none of the others seem to
care). Each of these Dvergar have the Healing ability.

The food and drink given the party will be poisoned


with a toxin that does a 1D6 stun Drain every phase
after a minutes delay. Since the Dvergar are, like
Dwarves, immune to most poisons, theyll have no
problem eating the same food and obviously doing so
to reassure the party. If a Dwarf is in the party, they
will be jumped by the Dvergar once the poison starts
to take effect on the others. They do not fight to kill,
the Dvergar want to take prisoners and ransom them at
the Keep.

36. CHIEFS ROOM

Characters will notice that the Dvergar are giving each


other knowing looks and subtle hand signals, that they
look suspicious and seem untrusting. They will also
notice that the Dvergar act welcoming but their eyes
seem hostile.

This twenty by thirty foot room has rough but


well made furnishings in it, including a bed, a
dresser, a table with two chairs, a chest, and a
bedside table. The floor is lined with rough but
serviceable rugs. A big gray Dwarf is sitting at
the table opposite a female.

35. GUARD ROOM


This is a thirty foot square room with several
stools in it and a table between them. A card
game is going on, with four Dwarven figures at
the table and two by the door. They look up
when you enter, then go back to the game, but
the ones by the door welcome you in. All are
wearing studded leather armor and metal helmets, and are armed with axes.

This is the Chief of the Dvergar, and he (rightly) presumes anyone who comes in the room unescorted is an
enemy and will attack immediately. He has Two
Weapon Combat skill as well as Defense Maneuver IV
and can fight several people at once with great skill
with his two Military Picks. He also has 4 speed and
lightning reflexes so he acts as if he has 18 DEX in the
order of combat. The female gets up and pounds on a
gong that is hanging on the back of the dresser which is
a few feet from the wall. This is loud enough that it
can be heard clearly in area 35 and with a -1 perception roll in area 39.

A perceptive character (roll perception, the character


that succeeds by the best) will notice that theres no
money on the table.
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Then the female pulls a large oddly shaped crossbow


from behind the dresser and fires at the party. This is
a Repeating Crossbow and it can fire every phase. She
has +1 OCV with it and fights as an ordinary Dvergar. The Chief (named Hvarn) and his wife (named
Ferrga) each have a Light Healing potion. Ferrga has
only the quarrels in the crossbows magazine and no
more, she casts it aside once it is empty and pulls out
a pair of needle sharp stilettos which she attacks with.
She has the offhand weapon familiarity and full ambidexterity, so she will attack with both weapons each
phase unless she needs better defense, in which case
shell use one for the +1 DCV bonus. Hvarn is wearing a full suit of plate armor, hell drop the visor
when the party shows up. Sure its uncomfortable,
but that just makes him mean. Ferrga is wearing
chainmail, shell pull the hood over her angry face
when the PCs show up. Hvarn has the Darkblight,
Stoneseize, and Stoneshape abilities, Ferrga has only the
Fog ability. Ferrga has two gold earrings worth 125
copper each, and Hvarn has a pouch on him with 29
copper and 8 silver.

37. TREASURY
This door is locked and is -2 lockpicking to open,
Hvarn in area 36 has the key to this room.
This room is stacked with boxes and crates, barrels and bags of materials. Atop a pile of what
looks like grain sacks is a shield, flipped over and
inside is a pile of rice.
This is the loot the Dvergar have collected over the
years living here. They have been fairly successful,
and do not keep materials that easily spoil. The only
perishable materials here are two small kegs of ale, a
small barrel of wine, the grain, and a crate of jerky
wrapped in packets of waxed paper. The shield is a
large shield made of metal that bears the Keeps crest
on it, it weighs twice as much (and requires 5 more
STR) than an ordinary large shield and is actually a
decorative item that the Lord of the Keep would be
glad to see. If the shield is turned in to either Captain
Sennet or the Lord of the Keep, it will give faction
equal to a Major Quest and be rewarded with 5 silver
each character. It was to be shipped to him from a
city but he never saw it and forgot about it. There is
a small keg of oil containing a gallon that weighs 15
kg.

If things are going very badly, Hvarn will go berserk,


dealing +1 damage class damage but losing 1 DCV,
doing a presence attack to force attention on him
while Ferrga ducks behind a hanging and to the secret
door, trying to escape to the Minotaur caves. She
will create a fog cloud where she was standing to
cover her tracks. Hvarns hoping she can get out
without the Minotaur catching her, and since she
knows the route to the exit and can create a fog, she
has a decent chance.

38. COMMON ROOM


This room has bunk beds set along the north and
south walls with burlap hung between each set as
a partition. There are a total of 16 of these beds
in two sets of four (north and south). At the foot
of each bunk bed is a foot locker. By the beds
hang garments from hooks. There are about ten
of the dwarves in this room looking up suspiciously at you.

In the chest, which is locked (and -2 to lockpick, Ferrga has the key around her neck on a chain) contains
146 copper, 20 silver, two more full magazines for
the repeater crossbow, and two Potions of Health. If
the chest is bashed open, the potions and one of the
magazines will be destroyed.

Nobody is supposed to come to this part of the caves,


so the Dvergar know this isnt part of the scam, but
they arent very strong here either. There are only 3
males and 7 females here, the females only armed with
three throwing axes. The males are unarmored but
have the battle axe and three throwing axes. Each has
D6 copper on them, and all have either the Fog or
Healing ability. The footlockers have clothes and keepsakes of no value such as a lock of hair, a tooth from an
enemy, a pouch, some jerky, etc.

The secret door is behind a large tapestry depicting a


Minotaur (appropriately enough) in a ten foot nook.
The secret door is -1 PER to spot and opens by pushing inward and sideways into the wall. It is very difficult to open from the other side (youd have to attach
something to the surface and pull it toward you).

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39. GUARD ROOM

Each human or elf prisoner rescued will return to the


Keep and report their rescuers, adding 1 faction to
the party. The others are in no shape to help anyone,
and the Goblins will flee at the first opportunity.

Two dwarves are standing here, watching closely


as you draw near. The room has a bunk bed in it
and a long table as well as a barrel with a ladle
hung from the wall above it. There is a shelf on
the wall that has sacks of meal and plates on it as
well as a pitcher made, all made of pewter. Under the shelf is a key ring with two keys on it.

41. PRISON CELL


This room is identical to 40 except the contents.
Note: when any character looks through the window
theyll only see monsters in here. Instead there are 3
Goblins, 1 Hyena Clan Beastman, and 4 Orcs, and
one Dvergar. Again if freed the miserable, weakened
creatures will not serve the PCs but will flee at the
first opportunity. The only exception to this is the
rogue Dvergar who wanted to return to the Underdeeps and hates this place. He will gladly help kill his
fellow Dvergar and is in fairly good shape. He has the
Deepspeak ability and will use it to grant the ability to
speak Dvergar to the party if they will let him. Once
the party leaves this area, he will abandon the party
with a rude comment and head out for the Underdeeps through some distant cave.

The two Dwarves will politely but firmly demand the


party not come any further. This is a prison, its not
safe, the monsters we catch are held here, we need to
keep them isolated, its for your own good. If the
party insists, then they will be escorted to area 41
which indeed does contain monsters. They are actually guards for the imprisoned people held here for
ransom from the other monsters and the keep. The
keys to the cells (it takes two) are hung on the wall.
These guards are able to use Deepspeak and are
equipped and armored like the guards in area 35.
40. PRISONERS

Area Notes: There are two Dvergar out negotiating


the ransom of the prisoners who will return after the
party departs, reinforcing the area by two. As long as
any Dvergar remain alive, they will stay in the area,
hoping to replenish their numbers over time. If need
be they can seal up the door entirely with Stoneshape
and will do so between food gathering raids until up to
a more powerful complement of Dvergar again. If the
entire base is wiped out except the Chief and his wife,
they will leave and try to get back to the Underdeeps.

There is an iron door here with a padlock on it


here. Beyond the door it smells like filth and
sweat and rot. There is a small barred window
set in the two inch-thick door that reveals a dark
room with woeful looking figures of humans and
elves manacled with chains that lead to the wall.
The keys in area 39 open the lock here, otherwise it is
a -3 lockpicking skill roll. The door has 5 defense and
12 body to break down (again, attacks not designed to
damage inanimate objects will do half damage). Bashing the door down here will be audible to the entire
Dvergar lair. The second lock on each prisoner is
only -1 to pick, taking the other key on the chain.

If the Chief is still alive after the party leaves, he will


contact the Minotaur in area I, offering regular prisoners to eat in exchange for its assistance to kill the intruders. It will then come when Hvarn rings the gong
taking D6 phases to reach the Chiefs chambers.

Within the room are three humans, two elves, and


two Goblins who were closer to the door and not
visible. They are all in miserable shape, filthy, ill,
poorly fed, and beaten. All of them can speak Dvergar because of the prison guards in area 39. If freed,
the elves will offer to help the party, but are so miserable and in such bad shape they are the equal to Mercenary Archers and not up to their usual ability as
Perelen warriors. These elves will fight with the
party until they leave the Caves of Chaos for longer
than to move to another cave, refusing any cut of
treasure.

I: CAVES OF THE MINOTAUR


These caves are completely unshaped and rough. They
form a labyrinth of sorts, made of natural caves with
rough uneven floors and various normal cave features
such as stalagmites. A powerful spell cast long ago by a
long-dead mage here negates any direction sensing
ability, whether magical or mechanical (compasses,
detects, direction sense, etc are all useless here). The
GM should not let the party map here because of this
effect.

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Because of the disorienting effect of the labyrinth, do


not give cardinal directions as players travel. In fact,
dont give directions at all, if the players insist on calling directions, be randomly contradictory and change
them on occasion. What was once a left turn is now
right, and so on. Dont let them map, even a rudimentary map, its impossible. If a clever PC uses a
rope or chalk to leave a trail, the Minotaur has been
following them and picks the trail up or erases the
chalk when they are gone; no marks remain.

43. FIRE BEETLES


Three of these creatures live in this cave, casting
enough light that they are visible from a distance,
their reddish glow even can be spotted around the
corner from this cave. The air is warmer as well.
These creatures have not eaten well and will attack
the party even though normally they would not. The
Minotaur doesnt care for their taste but they are
handy to cook meat with sometimes so he lets them
live here. In this room are two medium shields and a
charred skeleton of a Goblin with a sling and two daggers. There are no bullets but plenty of stones lying
around. The goblins spear is also here, but it is broken almost in two. A clever player could take the
spear and use it as a dagger, but an even more clever
player could use the cloth from area 42 to tie the
spears shaft together enough to make a serviceable
spear with 2 defense.

Because each cave is just a cave and directions are confusing, there are no description blocs for this section
except the final room.
If the PCs are captured and set at the mercy of the
Minotaur, then the party should find weapons and armor they can use to survive in the caves here from the
previous explorers. This equipment wont be as good
as the things that were stolen from them, but it will do
in a pinch.

44. MEGAPEDE
Two gigantic centipedes live here, called Megapede.
They are coiled on and chewing a fairly fresh body of
a Ram Clan Beastman who escaped a Dvergar raid and
got killed in here instead. Hes wearing a hauberk of
studded leather and has a flail and a dagger, plus two
javelins. He also has a pouch with 2D6 copper in it
and a flask of oil.

Other than the Minotaur, the monsters in this area are


not terribly powerful, thats on purpose because it
might be a place the party ends up running through
practically naked.
42. SWARMWING CAVE
There are 13 total Swarmwing in this cave, clinging to
the ceiling. They will awaken when any light source
is brought into the chamber, and 4 of them will fly
from the ceiling and attack; each turn D6 more will
drop and attack until all of them are fighting the
party. If anyone uses an area effect attack that hits the
whole cave (it is 3 high), then all of the Swarmwing
that survive will attack. They are a favorite snack of
the Minotaur and are all very hungry, so they will not
flee. Scattered on the floor here are two more
torches that will burn for a half hour each and a pair
of short swords that are a bit rusted but servicable (-1
defense). Under the guano is a somewhat rotted
leather breastplate that will give 1 PD, 2 ED armor to
areas 10-12. There are two Orc bodies in here, rotting and mostly eaten but clothed in cloth that can be
used for other purposes if gathered. Under one of the
decaying Orcs is a splinted helmet in decent shape: 4
PD, ED armor for hit location 3-4.

45. THE MINOTAUR


This cave is larger than the others, with three
obvious exits. The floor slopes rapidly downward to the west and north, in smoothed steps,
forming a sort of amphitheater with the northwest area flatter and smooth. The ceiling is
rough with small hanging stone spikes and the
walls are rumpled with odd mineral formations.
Upon these almost everywhere one could be put,
and even stabbed on to some of the stalactites are
skulls and bones from many different creatures.
On the floor are bones arranged in spirals and
other patterns like ghoulish artwork, and charging up the steps toward you is a huge Minotaur
wearing a chain coat and swinging a Halberd.

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The Minotaur knows where the PCs are most of the


time, he knows the tunnels by heart and is not bothered by the direction confusing effect after living here
for years. However, unless hes following them and
erasing their marks and eliminating any trick to track
their path through the caves, he is content to wait
here for them to stumble in. Thus, he will not be
surprised unless someone uses some unusual ability
such as invisibility.

J: HYENA CLAN BEASTMAN LAIR


This cave high on the face of the ravine looks unremarkable and deserted, apparently just one room that
is sometimes used by animals for shelter and the very
old remains of a fire once used here can be found with
searching. However, the back of the cave conceals a
magical illusion, versus touch and sight. The magical
Image is -3 to perception and simply makes the character feel and see solid rock, confirming what they figure
to be true. However if anyone sees through the illusion and steps through then the reduction is eliminated
entirely for a full turn for the characters who see this.
Just beyond this point the natural cave becomes
worked stone and is obviously another section of monster lairs. The Hyena Clan (called Gnolls here, their
local name to the humans) cannot normally see in the
dark, but their Shaman has managed to enchant the
entire tribe with IR vision so they tend to do without
lights except in specific areas. Thus, PCs carrying
lights will be noticeable from a distance and even
around corners.

The Minotaur attacks as soon as the party reveals


themselves with a 7D6 presence attack he is wearing a
chainmail hauberk and has a halberd. He shows no
mercy, expects no mercy, and fights to the death with
a defiant roar. Because of his size, the Minotaurs
Chain Hauberk can only be worn by a character with
a level of growth or at least 13 Body and 15 strength.
The secret door is actually a slab of stone that upon
any examination will be seen to be merely a chunk of
rock pushed up against a niche of the cave. It takes 28
strength to move the rock (the Minotaur has to push
his strength), only three PCs can work on it at once,
each adding 5 strength to the strongest PC. If some
sort of lever such as the spear or the halberd is used to
move the rock, that adds 5 more strength but the
strain breaks the lever, successful or not. Behind this
stone is the Minotaurs treasure:

46. GUARD ROOM


Four Gnolls stand in here. There are four stools
here and a water barrel with a ladle by it against
the North Wall.
Unless the PCs do something really remarkable, the
Gnolls will all know they are here. The illusion has
no effect from this side, and they were watching the
PCs stumble around the cave. Two of the Gnolls
have heavy self bows, and they will fire at the first PC
to step through the Image, and theres just enough
light from the outside (and any PC light sources) that
the Gnolls are visible in the room with a PC perception roll so he might have full DCV. Once these two
have fired, they step to the side out of the direct line
of sight from the cave and reload, stepping back out
to fire, and repeating the process. The other Gnolls
are wielding longswords and medium shields, and
wear hard leather armor (cuir boillis). They will wait
for PCs to get to them to attack, if the PCs close on
the archer Gnolls, they drop their bow and draw a
shortsword each. The archers each have 12 arrows,
minus the ones theyve fired. Each Gnoll has 2D6
copper on him, and one is strangely wearing a valuable sable cloak worth 145 copper.

A locked chest (-3 to pick the lock, the key is under the Minotaurs armor) containing 372 copper, 31 silver, and 930 iron pieces
A Wand of Mending Charm
A Bold Shield
A Locked Coffer (-2 to pick, the key is lost, the
Minotaur doesnt know what it holds but it looks
valuable) holding three potions: Health, Arrowblock, and Weapon Wash. The coffer is worth 87
copper on its own.
A leather sack containing 9 pieces of jewelry
worth 8D6 copper each and 47 iron pieces

Area Notes: If the Minotaur is killed, hes dead and


gone. The other creatures will replenish at 1 per week
until back to full complement described here. The
magical effect will only go away if dispelled (a 60 active point spell). The secret door to area 36 is not difficult to discover (-1 PER roll) but is very difficult to
open as described there. If the GM wants, another
powerful creature could take up residence here in a
few weeks if the Chaos cult is not dealt with.
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47. GUARD ROOM


This room is identical to 46, except that it holds 3
gnolls, all with the sword and shield. One of them has
the key to room 48, below.

50. GNOLL CHIEFTAINS QUARTERS


This rectangular room is rough and smells of
dogs. There are four sleeping nests on the
ground here and the room is lit by a torch on
each wall. You can see three male Gnolls and
four females, one of which is lying on a sleeping
nest and attended by the other three. There is a
chest in the nook to the southeast and a pot with
a fire pit under it in the northeast corner, the fire
not lit under it.

48. LOCKED ROOM


The door to this room has a cheap lock, only -1 to
pick.
Inside this room is an array of provisions, boxes,
crates, sacks of grain, hanging dried meat, small
kegs and barrels, and shelves. There are some
weapons and armor here, and one of the small
kegs is open and smells of fine ale.

The Female is one of the Chieftains wives, she is the


Shaman, and she is dying. The other females are
other wives, they are unarmed but can fight at -1 CV
with their bite or hands. Two of the males are
younger than the Chieftain, but that is not initially
obvious. The Chieftain doesnt look any different
from the other Gnolls except he wears Naurithil bracers worth 55 cp each and wields a poleaxe. The two
sons wear splinted hauberks and helmets and fight
with longsword and shield. Each one has a Life Juju
and a Stone Juju potion that the dying Shaman made.

The keg does indeed contain fine ale, worth double


the listed price. There are 2D6 days of provisions
here for the players to take, venison jerkey and so on.
Also here are 7 medium shields, a suit of dwarf-sized
chain mail, 12 hand axes, 3 light longbows, 5 sheafs of
120 arrows each, 5 quivers, and a Poorly Crafted Sword
that looks valuable.
49. COMMON ROOM

The Chieftain does not immediately attack, he will in


broken human language demand to know why the
PCs are there. Hes clearly upset but still in command. If the party is somewhat polite, he will ask if
any of them have the power over the spirits to heal his
wifes sickness.

This large room has at least two dozen Gnolls of


all sizes and both genders in it. Pups run about,
there are what looks like beds made of piles of
furs and such around the room and cheap furniture. The room is well lit with torches.
The bulk of the Gnolls live here. They have sleeping
areas that are piles of furs and rags or ratty old carpets, with cheap tables and benches around the room
and torches on the walls giving off light. There are 6
males, 11 females, and 18 non combatant young. The
females fight, but are -1 CV and only have daggers.
The males are armed with longswords, but no armor.
Each adult has D6 copper on them, and on an 112D6 more copper and D3 silver.

The Shaman is dying of a disease that she could not


cure, if the PCs can get some sort of disease-curing
herb or magical cure to her, she will over a week gain
her strength back and live. In return, the Chieftain
will welcome the PCs to the tribes territory and not
attack them. They can stay at the Gnoll lair to rest
and heal or just as somewhere safe as they plunder the
other caves, as long as they arent there longer than a
day (area 46 will be temporarily cleared out for the
party to stay in on the theory that the party is at least
as good a guard as the guards were). They will be
provided with a days worth of food each day and the
Shaman will brew up Life and Vigor Juju for two party
members if asked. After two months the party will
wear out their welcome, and they will be met with
increasing unfriendliness, growls, and finally hostility.

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If the party refuses to help or attacks, then the Gnolls


fight. If the party will not or cannot help and will not
leave when demanded, the Gnolls attack. If the party
leaves, going out of the Gnoll area directly (escorted
by the three males) then they are allowed to go safely.

K: THE CULTIST SHRINE


A faint, foul draft issues from the 20 wide cave
mouth which is the entrance to this place. The
worn path through the copse of obscenely
twisted and oddly bloated trees gives those approaching along its length an eerie sense of unease, and as soon as they enter the cave mouth a
dim awareness of lurking evil will pervade their
senses. Red strata intertwines with bulging black
veins running through the hewn rock walls beyond the entrance. The wide corridors and chambers are deathly still. A faint groaning sound, and
a shrill piping may be occasionally heard, barely
perceptible even if the party is absolutely silent
and listening.

If combat erupts, the first thing each of the males do


is drink their Stone Juju, and the females carry the Shaman to the northwest corner. The Chieftain is named
Rargrawrk and he is wearing Bracers of Warding which
negates the need for armor. He fights with the poleaxe and knows the legsweep maneuver with it (+2
OCV, -1 DCV, 1/2 phase, knocks target down, deals
2D6 damage) as well as martial block (+2 OCV, +2
DCV, abort, block all attacks) which he will use to set
up a fast strike against tough foes. His sons try to give
dad plenty of room because hes using such a large
weapon, so they try to circle around behind and attack the PCs from the opposite side of Rargrawrk
(setting up a flanking attack if they are on the same
target). If they are harmed, the Gnolls will absolutely
use their Life Juju potions.

The floors are smooth and worn by the tread of countless feet of the worshipers at this grim place. The footsteps of intruders will echo alarmingly in these vaulted
halls (+ 2 chance of being surprised), and extreme care
must be taken to muffle such sounds if the party has
any hopes of remaining undetected until the moment
of their choosing. Continual noise will bring a group of
D3+5 zombie guards to investigate, wielding battle
axes and small shields.

If the fight goes incredibly badly, one of the females


will stay back with the Shaman holding a dagger that
was in the corner bed while the other two join the
battle with self-sacrificing fury, just leaping on PCs
and biting them.

This is the reason the caves are called the Caves of


Chaos, this is why all the monsters are here. This cultic temple predates most of the monster lairs, but the
evil within the temple continually calls creatures near
to guard it and come to be corrupted by its power and
the natural caves were expanded and developed over
the decades and even centuries by monsters. As long
as this area is left uncleared, the monsters will inevitably return over the months and years.

The chest contains mostly clothing, but there are 389


copper and five pieces of jewelry worth 3 silver each
(taken off to mourn for the Shaman). The secret door
is -3 PER to spot even when looking; the Gnolls didnt even know it was there. It can only be opened
from the far side, but it can be bashed down; it has 6
defense and 7 body.
Area Notes: There are 2D6 Gnolls out hunting at
present and they will return after the party leaves.
Unless only 5 or fewer Gnolls survive, they will all
stay in the lair and elect a new leader. If the Shaman
dies, the illusion over the cave goes away and all of the
IR vision the Gnolls enjoy goes away. Thus, the next
time the party comes, if any Gnolls remain, there will
be more lights in the halls and the opening will be obvious in the cave. However the Gnolls will have reinforced their numbers with wolves: one at each guard
post, two in the common room, and one with the
Cheiftain.

This is the most dangerous part of the dungeon and the


description above ought to give any players pause.
Only after clearing the other caves and gaining experience, equipment, and teamwork should the party attempt this, and if there are any NPCs present (such as
ones set free from other areas), they will strongly suggest this. The caves are lit by an eerie reddish glow,
not as bright as a torch, but enough to see in the immediate area fairly well. Long distance fades into a
gloomy reddish mist (anything over 6) but some areas
are lit more than others. Thus, party light sources will
not point them out particularly well in here, but neither are they really needed.
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51. BOULDER FILLED PASSAGE

53. GUARD ROOM

Large rocks and boulders have crashed down,


crumbled stone and soil filling in the passage in a
terrible collapse. The area around it looks
sound, which suggests it may have been collapsed
on purpose.

This room reeks of rotting flesh, a horrible stench


as you draw near. In it are four figures to the
north and an equal number to the south, hunched
over and awful looking, animated corpses that
turn and shuffle toward you. Each zombie has a
battle axe but no armor.

This passage leads on to other areas, perhaps another


dungeon region, maybe to the Underdeeps. Where it
goes, if anywhere, is up to the GM; this is left for expansion to the module as written, perhaps even extending all the way to the Caves of the Unknown
written on the provided area map. Digging through
this mess would take 1000 strength hours (i.e. someone with 500 strength would take tow hours, and ten
guys with 1 strength would take 100 hours) using the
proper tools.

Anyone robed in temple garb (see area 54) and wearing an amulet will be left alone but anyone else is attacked.
54. ACOLYTES CHAMBER
Beyond the door here is a short hallway leading
to a small chamber that holds some furniture and
four robed figures. The furniture includes four
hard pallets, a brazier, a table with four stools, a
cabinet, a barrel with a goblet atop it; the robed
figures wear rusty-red robes with a six-fingered
fist on the front and back and a black cowl.

52. HALL OF SKELETONS


This chamber has a dais and throne-like chair in
the south end. Slumped on the chair is a skeletal
figure in armor. Along the walls, evenly spaced,
are a dozen skeletal figures in tattered armor
bearing a battered shield and a rusty scimitar
each. Each is slumped against the wall.

There are four total Acolytes here, each one armed


with a mace and wearing brigandine armor under
their robes on locations 3-4, 7-17. One is a bit older
and is wearing an bronze amulet in the shape of a six
fingered fist surrounded by red lacquered flames.
The Acolytes will attack anyone who dares violate
their sanctum unless they are wearing similar robes,
and will greet anyone wearing the robes with a sign/
countersign, saying:

The throne is of fine construction and has four large


red crystals set in it worth 5 silver each. The skeletons do not move, even if examined closely, but if the
PCs try to take anything from them or attack, they
will all animate and fight back. They also activate
when the PCs draw within 2 of the throne, as the
figure on the throne sits up and opens its vacant jaws
and a booming, eerie voice demands to know why
these mortal wretches have dared to approach the
throne. Then all the skeletons attack. Due to the age
of their equipment, the armor on the 12 guard skeletons and their shield provide no actual protection.
Their weapons have only 4 defense because of rust
but hit every bit as hard as any longsword. The
throne skeleton has a suit of scale mail on except on
the head, and wields a great sword. Since the hit locations mean nothing for a skeleton, the armor provides full protection even on the head (its animating
force does not reside in the head, so it has to be battered down whole).

He will bless us with his presence


Which is to be replied to with:
He will curse them with his strength
If they do not get the countersign, they will attack. If
they get the countersign, the Acolytes and the Priest
(The guy with the amulet) will ask where these new
cultists came from and how they got here - obviously
they are part of the cult but not members they recognize. If the PCs bluff well they can get by a while,
allow conversation and persuasion rolls here to supplement the PCs and their bluff attempts. Any new
encounter with cultists here follow these rules
(except the High Priest, who will know its a lie immediately).
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The Priest is wearing a Cult Amulet and is smarter


than the others (he has 1 point of resistance, requiring
rolls to be 1 more for the same effect to fool him).
Other than the clothing, armor, weapons, and amulet
(which does nothing for the PCs other than keep the
guards from attacking them while robed), there is no
treasure here.

If the evil items are taken away from the character,


then the evil goes away in reverse: the psych lim
dropping in the reverse order it gained, then the character recovers 5 body of the transformation until it is
completely gone after enough days.
A Dispel Magic on 70 active points will save the character as well, but it will not affect the cursed items.
Anyone under the full evil corruption of these items
will try to return to the temple, using persuasion,
trickery, even violence and betrayal, and will try to
get all of the implements to return here with them
and guard them with his life.

44. CHAPEL OF EVIL CHAOS


The floor of this large chamber is laid with alternating two foot square black and dark red tiles.
The south wall is hung with a huge tapestry
which depicts dead trees in a night sky with horrible twisted figures reaching forward over the
sky. The sky is torn open and skulls are pouring
out of the rend like a waterfall. Four black pillars
support the high domed ceiling, 25 feet up at the
highest point. A stone altar that appears to be
part of the caves red and black stone and seems
to be stained with rusty brown smears and pools.
On it are very old looking religious service implements: a ritual dagger, a ewer, a pair of goblets, and a shallow bowl.

56. PRIESTS CHAMBER


This room is identical to area 54 except it has four
Priests in it instead of Acolytes. Thus, each one has a
Cult Amulet. There are also various books and writings here of evil nature and each one would sell for 10
sp if a buyer could be found (no one at the Keep will
buy one), however if the books and papers are destroyed, the force of good will bless the party for a
full 24 hours of +1 to all skill rolls and OCV. The
Priests here will retreat if two or more have been
dropped, trying to warn the high priest by ringing the
Great Bell at area 58. See area 54 for how infiltration
is treated.

This Chapel is deserted at the moment, but it feels


oppressive, like enemies are close by, around the corner, about to arrive in force. The altar is bloodstained and any spell with a side effect has a -1 to the
magic skill roll here: the side effects are more likely
to go off as the local spirits are so charged and angry.
The religious implements are quite old and actually
valuable (each worth 25 silver) but they give a very
unholy vibe when picked up, like they have been used
for evil for so long it is a part of them.

57. HALL OF UNDEAD WARRIORS


This hall has the stench of rot coming from it.
The area is filled with dozens of undead, with
two ranks of Skeletons by two ranks of Zombies.
Each of the are wearing armor, have shields, and
are armed with spears.

If the items are retained, they begin to corrupt the


person that holds them. Each item causes a 1D6
transformation attack on that character per day (so 3
items would cause a 3D6 transform), a transform that
eventually turns them evil by giving a psychological
limitation of Evil demon worshipping cultist who
longs to return to the chapel with these items and
guard it from intruders. This Psychological limitation
manifests its self slowly, starting at Uncommon/
Moderate the first day, then Common/Moderate,
then Common/Strong, then Very Common/Strong,
then finally after five days it is Very Common/Total,
and the PC is completely under the control of the evil
artifacts.

There are forty total undead: twenty Human Skeletons ten to a rank and twenty Zombies ten to a rank.
They are wearing rotted, rusted, and torn chainmail
that only gives 4 PD and 3 ED armor. Their shields
give +1 DCV. They will not attack anyone unless
molested or if the Great Bell is rung. If the bell is
rung, all of the undead here will move through the
doors. The Skeletons will all march into area 58 and
line the south wall of the temple, while the Zombies
march to line the north wall therein. If they encounter anyone not wearing a Cultist robe and Cult Amulet on this pathway, they will attack immediately.
Only the High Priest can change these orders.

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58. TEMPLE OF EVIL CHAOS

Each altar has power assisting evil spells and priests,


giving an easier method to contact demons, learn new
power and so on. They are of no use to the party and
need to be destroyed. This is a Keep Quest, to find,
report on, and destroy the altars.

This huge area has an arched ceiling of thirty or


more feet and the floor is of polished black stone
smooth as glass. The walls are hung with draperies of pure black, and a huge Felstone bell is hung
near the entry point with a pair of woodenmallets
beside its supports. To the south are several long
benches. Three stone altars that seem to be
shaped out of the caves stone are to the west.
The first is pure black to the north, the next is
streaked red and black, and the last one almost
solid red with black flecks. At the western end of
this temple is a dais of black stone with four
lesser chairs on the lower tier and a great throne
above. The chairs are made of solid bone, shaped
and molded together. The throne is plated with
gold and adorned with red and black stones and
etched with runes. Four great candelabras are
hung from the ceiling in two rows, north and
south; they are set with black candles but not lit.

Each altar can only be destroyed with special equipment the party is given by the Keep and they must be
done in order (north to south). When each is destroyed something bad happens:
When the Black Altar is destroyed, a number of
Gravemists will issue forth equal to half the party
(round down, so if there are 5 members of the party,
2 Gravemists will form) and attack.
When the Red and Black Altar is destroyed, a wave of
sheer terror washes out in a visible burst of black energy, causing a 12D6 Mind Control with a single effect: run as hard as you can as far away as you possibly
can, away from any living creature you see. Each
phase the Ego Roll to escape this mind control is
raised by +1.

As soon as anyone enters the temple, the great candelabras burst into fire and cast an eerie shifting light on
the entire temple. After a turn, the altars rise with
shifting smoky figures, shapeless purple, green and
yellow forms darkly dance and move over the altars.
Each of the forms begins, one at a time, to chant a
hymn of evil. The first starts after a turn, and each
follows one turn after, increasing the volume incrementally. Once all three are singing their hymn, then
the priests in area 56 and the High Priest in area 59
will hear and come to investigate. The only way to
stop this is to leave the room, which will reverse the
process in the order and time it reached that point. If
intruders are spotted in the temple, the priests will
try to ring the Great Bell, only fighting the party to
give someone a chance to do so.

When the Red Altar is destroyed, a Death Spite forms


in the rubble and attacks. However, it loses 1 Body
per phase automatically, and eventually it simply
crumbles into ashes.
Each altar crashes apart when destroyed in a very loud
and spectacular manner, flames gushing up from
within then burning down. This will absolutely alert
the surviving High Priest in area 59 and the Priests in
area 56; all will come investigate and ring the Great
Bell then attack. The High Priest will go through the
secret doors and circle around to the bell rather than
step out into the temple.
Destroying all three of the Altars and defeating the
Death Spite is rewarded by a beam of golden light
from The Lord with a complete heal of all harm, malady, and weakness any character has suffered
(including the corruption effect of the shrine implements at area 55). This manifests as a golden glow
from above that beams over each character with sparkles of light. This is in addition to the quest reward at
the Keep. This light also utterly destroys all remaining undead in the Caves of Chaos.

If the Great Bell is rang, the undead in area 57 will


come into the temple as described, taking 2 phases
(the zombies lagging behind). Spells with any side
effect cast here have a -1 penalty to the Magic Skill
Roll to represent the angry and active spirits here.
The room feels eerie and evil. These altars are older
than the temple complex, they have been here for
centuries. The cave was widened once they were discovered by the cultists, following a dream that the
High Priest had.

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59g. HIGH PREISTS QUARTERS (Antechamber)

If the PCs insist the altars are evil, Jenco will agree
they are dangerous, which is why the security around
them is so tight, he insists that they are being studied
and protected here, not used for hideous and evil rituals despite the propaganda of small minded fundamentalist zealots at the Keep.

This twenty foot square room is lavishly furnished, with a comfortable couch, a fireplace
burning comfortably, a pair of large stuffed
chairs, a bookcase filled with books and scrolls, a
statue of a dancing nymph, a serving table with a
golden flagon and a crystal and golden decanter
with rich wine in it. Three armored figures stand
in the room: one on either side of the northern
door and one by the door at the eastern door.
The floor is carpeted wall-to-wall with a fine
looking rug.

Try to have a sensible seeming, but shallow answer to


every question, deflecting concerns with assurances
and emotionally agreeable answers. If someone talks
about evil and good, have him talk about gray and
how complex and nuanced life is, with a tone of confidential understanding, as opposed to those ivory
tower extremists living in temples. Hell wink at the
party and everyone will treat the party with distant
respect while Jenco is spinning his web of lies. He
will see the party off with food (real food, not poisoned) and request they tell the Keep that they are
not up to evil (but sure that the Keep wont listen
even though the party is clearly made up of more sensible people. Hell appeal to the egos of the characters, their common sense and avoid any admission
of evil. After all, what really is good and evil?

This is the antechamber of the High Priests quarters,


where he meets with guests or discusses the plans of
the day with his Priests. The wine set is worth 55
silver together and 10 silver a piece separately for the
4 pieces (tray, decanter, two goblets). The bookshelf
is for show, there are no books on it. The statue is
made of plaster, the carpet is fine looking but thin and
cheap. The furniture is valuable and fine enough but a
bit bulky and difficult to move (the couch is worth 27
silver and the chairs 18 silver each).

If the party attacks, Jenco will order the plate armored skeletons in the antechamber to attack, then
try himself to get out to the Great Bell to ring it. If
he must, Jenco will use the secret doors in his private
chamber, even if its a bit of a run. His magic will
help him escape, but the party will likely not be inclined to let him run off. All three of the skeletons
are armed with poleaxes and plate armor, which
makes them a significant threat.

If the party somehow makes it here, the High Priest


will come out and greet them genially. He will know
immediately that they are not cultists, but he will still
play along to find out what they are up to. The High
Priests name is Jenco Semmins, and he is a very
amiable, friendly seeming fellow, not at all the glowering demon worshipping evil high priest sort at all.
He will be understanding, curious, and amiable, not
booming with great evil pronouncements and cackling
laughter. He will carefully call each character by
name and title, treating them with respect and hospitality.

59. HIGH PRIESTS PRIVATE CHAMBER


This twenty foot square room is clearly the home
of the High Priest. The floor here is carpeted
with the same fine looking rug as the antechamber, a large stuffed chair with black upholstry sits
in the southeast corner, a desk in the northeast
with a chair by it. In the center of the north wall
is a large and fine bed with silken sheets and pillows. A Wardrobe is in the northwest corner.
Opposite the bed on the southern well is a shrine
with a grinning, hideous demonic idol lit by black
candles.

Jenco will not attack the party in any way, and will in
fact show them around the temple very patiently
(avoiding areas 60-64). He will freely admit they
worship a powerful spirit, but will scoff at calling it
demon, and insists they are harmless, just worshipping in their own way and mean no trouble to anyone
else, they have their ways and you have yours. The
undead he claims are unfortunates slain by the monsters, they are cheap to maintain and follow orders,
even if they are a bit simple. In short, he tries to deflect the characters by playing on their sense of tolerance and likely even the Players ideas of religion.
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The furnishings in this room are real and rich, but a


bit unwieldy, to say the least. In the wardrobe are 12
sp worth of fine clothes, including two Cultist robes
and one Cult Amulet. The idol is made of black stone
shot with red like the cave walls and is not particularly valuable. If the High Priest dies, the statue falls
off its niche and onto its face on the floor, the hands
and head cracking off. If all three altars are destroyed
the same thing happens, but thats unlikely while the
High Priest is still alive.

61. TORTURE CHAMBER


The southern section of this chamber has a cot, a
footlocker, and a barrel with a mug sitting on top
of it. Beyond this to the north are very obvious
and recognizable torture implements: a rack, a
brazier with hot pokers, manacles on the walls, a
post to chain victims to, and a rack on the wall
holding tongs, pincers, and so on. A large man in
a blackened chain mail armor is bent over a figure
on the rack.

A secret door is set behind the stuffed chair, -2 to


sight Perception to find. It opens by pulling a section
of stone down by the door, which also spills out 3D6
silver and 8D6 copper pieces onto the floor. This is
meant to slow or distract pursuit in an emergency,
and is the only real loot in the room.

The torturer is working an even if the Great Bell rings


he wont bother to investigate: he really enjoys his
work. The figure on the rack is a Hyena Clan Beastman who is nearly dead, his back broken and both
arms and legs dislocated. He is plainly extended far
beyond what is physically safe on the rack and is
burned in various parts of his body, including both
eyes. The Beastman will spot the party and will
growl at the torturer, spitting blood at him, thus ensuring plenty of attention is on him and not on the
party.

60. GUEST CHAMBER


This lower room is set up for inhabitation, it has
a large bed, a footlocker, a table with two chairs,
and a fireplace with a flue that leads to a crack to
the outside. Black tapestries with red figures of
demons hang on the walls, black candles are set
about the room for light. The room appears to
be uninhabited.

The torturer is wearing a full suit of chainmail and


fights with jagged, blade-like implements hes fitted
on his gauntlets. They jut out an inch from his knuckles when he makes a fist yet do not interfere with his
work, in fat sometimes they enhance it. These weapons are a +1 OCV attack that do 1 1/2D6 damage
with his strength (they are a base 1D6 weapon with a
strength minimum of 10). The torturer is equal to a
Mercenary Thug, and will fight to the death. Any
character with 11 or more Body can put on his armor,
and using the weapons is simple enough they require
no weapon familiarity, but they cause a -2 skill roll to
any skill involving manual dexterity (such as climbing,
lockpicking, writing, etc).

When the cult has valued guests they stay in this area,
and it is not impossible that the PCs have been so successful in fooling the cultists that they are directed
here for a nice stay. At present no one is living here.
If the PCs insist that Jenco show them beyond the
door to this area, hell shrug and show them the
room, saying this is an unfinished area that will be
eventually more comfortable living quarters for him
and the priests. He will not lead them past this point,
and if the party insists hell shrug and tell them to go
ahead but to watch their step, its messy and unfinished. Then hell head as swiftly as he can out and to
the Great Bell.

Inside the torturers mattress is a pouch of spoils from


his victims: 7 gold teeth worth 4 copper each, nine
earrings worth 3D6 copper each, and 13 copper.

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62. THE CRYPT

63. STORAGE CHAMBER


There are many piles of boxes, crates, barrels, sacks,
and so forth here - the supplies of the temple are kept
here. There is nothing of value in this room other
than four cultist robes and a crate of black candles that
weighs 4 kg and would sell for 23 copper.

The door here is of thick oak reinforced with iron


bands. Above the door a sign is bolted that says
BEWARE: DEATH. The door has been hammered with spikes on the sides to hold it shut and
it is locked. There is no sound beyond the door,
and it smells of dust.

64. CELL

Question: what frightens demon worshipping cultists


so much theyd put this kind of security on a door?
Answer: something that PCs should leave well alone.
Still, being adventurers, thats not likely to happen, if
anything the warning is more likely to make them curious.

The door here is iron, barred on this side with a


hefty wooden beam through iron brackets in the
wall on either side. A barred window a foot
wide and six inches tall is set in the door, and
through it you can see a rough cot hung from the
wall by chains holding a straw mattress and a
beautiful woman who is facing the wall. There is
a bucket on the floor and a pewter plate on the
floor, the room is otherwise empty.

The lock on this door is -3 to pick and the key is lost.


The wood is 5 defense and has 11 body to bash down
(again half damage from weapons not designed to
damage doors).

This is a prison cell. Prisoners captured and held for


sacrifice in the shrine are held here. At present the
prisoner is Lady Nermina, who is part of a Keep
Quest. Rescue her and the party will be wellrewarded. She has as yet not been tortured, but is
malnourished and weak, her beauty somewhat faded
by the treatment. The door is easy enough to open,
just lift the timber and go in. However, the room is
haunted. If anyone not wearing a cult robe and cult
amulet go into the room, a Feral Haunt forms and
attacks - a special surprise set by the High Priest to
protect the area. Lady Nermina is in no shape to run
and is no combatant at any level of skill.

Beyond the door is a crypt, six tombs along the eastern wall. Each tomb is ten feet square, taking up the
entire eastern ten feet of the room. They have no
doors, only an opening showing a rough stone nook
with a coffin on a stone slab. The two southernmost
coffins are off the side, the contents of each is gone.
The others are intact, each holding the remains of
cultist leaders that died years ago. The sixth is the
most ancient, the first cult leader who had a dream
that led them to this place.
He wasnt quite dead when he was buried and when
he awoke the door was locked. Mad with hunger and
his disease, he devoured the body of the other cultist
whod died with him and then succumbed to his disease and became a ghoul. At first he hid and devoured bodies laid to rest here but eventually he became so hungry hed attack anyone who came in so
they bolted the whole thing shut, unwilling to kill
their founding priest, again.

Area Notes: If the party kills the High Priest and


leaves, then another will be chosen from the ranks of
the Priests, then through a hideous ritual in the temple, he gains all of Jensons powers (use the same
writeup for the new High Priest). The ritual, unfortunately, involves sacrificing someone, so if the party has
not rescued Lady Nermina, shes killed in the ritual
and that quest fails. If the Priests and the High Priest
are all killed, then the entire cult disbands and runs
away. However, as long as the altars in the temple remain, more cultists will be attracted at the rate of one
a week. After a month, one will become High Priest
and the cult will be at full strength in no time.

Now the ghoul waits for food, crazed with hunger.


He will hide in the southernmost crypt and leap on
the first person who comes in. If no one looks in he
will run out and attack. There is no treasure here,
only death. The players cant say they werent
warned.

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Capture can even be a useful too for a GM; in the adventure seeds section early in this module one of the
options suggested is for the PCs to start as captives. If a
group decides they dont want to play your carefully
prepared module, the GM can always send a horde of
monsters after them, take them prisoner, and put them
in the Caves of Chaos so they face it anyway. Vengeance can be a good motivator, as is just reclaiming lost
equipment.

SQNTAKDRGNNSHMF
QNTAKDRGNNSHMF
The only certainty about being a GM is that things will
never go exactly as you expect or have planned. You
can have the ultimate story and adventure plotted out
step by step and the players will always do things differently. Some groups are perverse, taking delight in
going astray. Some groups are just creative and unpredictable, trying new things and odd approaches that
you never considered. Sometimes you just are out
thought by the group; dont feel bad, you only have
one brain to pit against all theirs.

Once the characters are captured, the GM has a range


of options available to him. Each of the factions in the
Caves of Chaos are rivals for space and resources, but
all-out war is prevented by the need to trade and the
power of the Evil Chaos Cult, not to mention the
greater chance of spoils from combined raids on the
Keep and the caravans to and from it.

A good GM cant prepare for everything, he can only


prepare for common problems and be ready for what
the characters can do, not what they will do. Even a
relatively simple module such as this one has a lot of
room for confusion or for things to go horribly wrong.

CHMMDQ
CHMMDQ

The monsters may simply view the party as food; the


Ram Clan Beastmen are the most likely to do this.
Despite their herbivore appearance, these monsters
can and will eat meat, and theyve developed a taste
for manflesh under Ironhorn. The two tribes of Orcs
and the Goblins in area A arent above eating captives
either. Thus, a group captured by any of the first four
groups can face a dinner table from the wrong side.
This means the party will be stripped and restrained,
then stored somewhere good until a good feast is
whipped up which can take a day or two. In this time
the party has opportunities to escape, and the GM
should let any reasonable plan have a chance. The first
group of Goblins and both Orc clans are sort of dull so
they can be fooled easier than most. If nothing else
presents its self, a raid on the area by a rival group
(Bloodthirst Orcs vs Toothgnash, for example) might
give the party a break.

B@OSTQD!
B@OSTQD!
One likely problem you as the GM will face is that the
party becomes overconfident and sloppy and gets
beaten by the monsters. There is a wide variety of
threat levels in the Caves of Chaos, some areas will
provide little challenge to a good group and some will
be a significant problem. Differing group compositions can affect this dynamic as well: some groups may
be easier or more difficult based on the type of characters that make up the group.
If the group is beaten, it need not die. As a GM you
dont want to kill the player characters, you want to
entertain and challenge them. Thus, being beat by the
monsters does not have to end in torn up character
sheets, particularly in the Caves of Chaos. The different monster groups all have use for captives, if for
nothing else than food.
The GM should leave the players in doubt as to the fate
of their characters if possible to heighten the drama. If
the timing is close, stopping play for the session until
next time with no word as to what happens next can
be very effective. Taking a break for food, the bathroom, or even to step out of the room to prepare for
what comes next, leaving the players to discuss matters
can all work - as long as they arent bickering or discussing what else they could be doing with their time.

@TBSHNM
@TBSHNM

Despite their differences, the groups trade between


each other regularly in the ravine at night. It is an eerie, frightening scene with torches lighting up monsters gathered in the rocky base of the ravine, roped
prisoners and snarled insults. Even if a group isnt interested in the group as dinner they might trade the
PCs to another group that is. The PCs should be kept
together (even if it pushes the boundaries of plausibility) because a split up group slows the adventure and is
a headache, particularly for a beginning GM.

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Characters sold to another group will see an exchange


of goods, usually coin, weapons, or other items that
the monsters desire. They might even see a DNPC or
a quest item exchanged for them, giving the players a
good idea where something they are looking for has
ended up.

or an enchanted item the monsters would find useful.


The captive characters will be brought to the entry of
the ravine on a specific day, and when the money is
paid they are set free - without their gear.
LHMNS@TQBGNV

The final option the GM has for a group that was defeated is for them to be marched to area I: the Minotaurs Cave. Stripped of all their gear, the creatures
cheer as they are shoved at spearpoint into the cave.
The cave is guarded, keeping characters from escaping
for the first day. After that a watch is posted, but
there are only two of the capturing monsters and they
may (8- chance) go to sleep each hour. Within the
Minotaur caves are minor monsters who can be
worked around with some gear in their areas which
will allow players to get started. The secret door to
area 36 is nearly impossible to open from the Minotaur
side although easy enough to spot, but the PCs might
find a way to sneak through it and the GM should reward them with some gear (their own, perhaps).

LDQBDM@QX
LDQBDM@QX

Some of the monsters are fairly clever and will see another opportunity with the capture of the PCs. Losing
a member of the tribe weakens them as a whole which
makes them easier prey for the entire Caves of Chaos
monsterhood. Losing PCs who stumbled in and got
captured doesnt change their numbers at all, which
makes hiring the party as mercenaries an attractive option. If the party shows any inclination to fight for the
group then they might be given an offer: kill our enemies and you can go free. The party will be given
some of their gear (not all of it, the monsters want to
have some leverage; they will outfit the party with
leather armor and simple weapons, keeping the better
gear in storage). The PCs will be given the chance to
win their freedom and gear back by taking out one specific neighbor. The Dvergar, Snees Goblins, and the
Hyena Clan (Gnoll) Beastmen are the ones most likely
to use this tactic. The Dvergar may not give the equipment back, relying on a weakened party to be easy
prey. Snees Goblins will live up to their end of the
bargain and send the party packing. The Gnolls may
even pay the party a few silver and invite them to stay
and help clean out more of the Caves, using their lair
as a base. Although they lack the amenities of the
Keep, at least the lair is closer to the caves.

E@LD
E@LD

Successfully defeating a group of adventurers is worth


a lot of status to monsters. Having caught some is
worth even more, particularly if theyve been ransomed off. That kind of juice will attract new recruits
as word spreads, so any monster group that has done
so will gain 2D6 additional base recruits, swelling their
ranks. The monsters also expect the angry PCs to be
back for revenge, so they will be on the lookout for a
week or two.

MOBRNESGHR@CUDMSTQD
MOBRNESGHR@CUDMSTQD

Q@MRNL
Q@MRNL

Several of the monsters will also take prisoners and


gather pay from the Keep for them. If the party has
any connection to the keep (particularly if the GM uses
the sons of soldiers option suggested in the Adventure Seeds section at the beginning of the module),
then some of the monster groups will take them hostage. The Dvergar, Gnolls, Snees Goblins, and
Bloodthirst Orcs are the most likely to try this tactic,
particularly the Dvergar who are brighter than most of
the monsters.

There are a few special named monsters that the PCs


will encounter in the Keep on the Borderlands module. These are written up individually in the following
section for easier play. Any equipment that the specific NPC has is listed on their character sheet, as well
as suggested tactics and more to help running each one
with character and distinctiveness.

Even without a connection to the keep, the monsters


may let one character from the party free to collect
money to pay for his friends to be set free. He will be
given one week to collect a sum of money (the fee
should be set fairly low, at most 5 silver per character

http://www.kestrelarts.com/gamedls.html

Other monsters encountered in this module can be


found in the Jolrhos Bestiary, available for download at

Or for purchase at the same site, along with many


other useful tools and adventures.
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CULT ACOLYTE (Area I)


Val
10
14
13
10
15
14
13
10
3
3
3
5
30
22
30
7

Char Cost
STR 0
DEX 12
CON 6
BOD 0
INT
5
EGO 8
PRE 3
COM 0
PD
ED
SPD
REC
END
STN
MAN
MREC

Movement:

1
0
6
0
2
0
1
0

Roll
1112121112121211-

Personality/Motivation: Each acolyte is motivated primarily out of fear, selfishness, ambition, and unrelenting evil.
They are wicked, hateful, and cruel in varying degrees, but
work together for a common goal.

Humanoid

Notes
Lift 200kg: 2D6
OCV: 5 DCV: 5

Powers/Tactics: An Acolyte is a fair fighter and has a few


spells to help fight their enemies, although much more limited than the Priests. Acolytes will prefer to run to the
Priests and undead for help if they can, but they will use
their magic to stay alive and drive off their foes. If they are
in a group that they can stay away from their foes in they
will use Painstorm and Unnerve to trouble groups.

PER Roll: 12EGO Roll: 12ECV: 5


PRE Attack: 2 1/2D6

Total: 6 (2 rPD)
Total: 6 (2 rED)
Phases: 4, 8, 12

Campaign Use: Acolytes are the trash mobs of the Evil


Cult, they are the weakest bad guys in the area and are no
match for the PCs.
Appearance: Each cultist is shaved bald and wears an identical robe, but they have some slight individual differences.
Some are women, but most are male.

Total Characteristics Cost: 44


Running: 6/12
Leaping: 2/4

Cost
5
2

Powers
Magic (5 points of cult magic)
Robes: Armor 2 PD, 2 ED; Activation 14-

Cost
2
2
2
5
1
2

Skills and Talents


Weapon Familiarity: Common melee weapons
PS: Cultist 11KS: Demons 11Magic Skill 14Literate
Language: Arcanium (fluent conversation)

Equipment: Cultist Robe (acolyte version)


2D6 copper
Quarterstaff
Dagger

END
var
-

Magic: A full write up of the spells the Evil Cult priests use
may be found following these character sheets, but a summary is provided here for the GMs convenience.
Cloak of Fear: +1 DCV (PRE roll by opponent reduces by
1), good to start out with
Painstorm: causes pain to all in area, good for groups
Retribution: causes damage to anyone who strikes the cultist, good to have up before fight
Touch of Life: heals significantly, good for allies or self.
The Priests have the base Touch of Life spell
Unnerve: causes trepidation in an area, useful for groups

Total Powers & Skills Cost: 21


Total Cost: 65
PTS
-15
-10

Disadvantages
Watched: Cult 11-, NCI, severe penalty
Distinctive: Evil Cultist EC/R

Total Disadvantage Points: -25


Ecology: Acolytes are the beginners in the Evil Chaos Cult.
Each one has undergone a ritual of loyalty and fealty to the
demon lord the Cult worships and has through this gained
some magical power. Over time, with study and demonstrating obedience and the right attitude, they can become
Priests.

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Notes
Lift 200kg: 2D6
OCV: 5 DCV: 5

Powers/Tactics: Priests are not great fighters, but can use


their weapons with fair ability. The Priests prefer to stay
away but will rely on Retribution and Cloak of Fear to protect them as they fight as well as their Cult Amulet. See
below for tactics on how to use spells. In particular, Priests
will use Screaming Eyes to flee and ring the Great Bell.

PER Roll: 13EGO Roll: 12ECV: 5


PRE Attack: 2 1/2D6

Campaign Use: The Priests are a fair threat, particularly if


they have the undead to assist in fights.

CULT PRIEST (area I)


Val
10
14
13
10
18
14
13
10
4
4
3
5
30
22
42
8

Char Cost
STR 0
DEX 12
CON 6
BOD 0
INT
8
EGO 8
PRE 3
COM 0
PD
ED
SPD
REC
END
STN
MAN
MREC

Movement:

2
1
6
0
2
0
5
2

Roll
1112121113121211-

Humanoid

Appearance: Each priest varies, but they all are bald, wearing Cult Robes and a Cult Amulet.

Total: 5 (1 rPD)
Total: 5 (1 rED)
Phases: 4, 8, 12

Equipment: Cult Robes (priest version)


Cult Amulet
3D6 copper
D3 silver
Light Mace
Dagger

Total Characteristics Cost: 48

Magic: A full write up of the spells the Evil Cult priests use
may be found following these character sheets, but a summary is provided here for the GMs convenience.

Running: 6/12
Leaping: 2/4

Cost
12

Powers
Magic (12 points of cult magic )

Cost
2
2
2
9
1
2
3
3
3

Skills and Talents


Weapon Familiarity: Common melee weapons
PS: Cultist 11KS: Demons 11Magic Skill 16Literate
Language: Arcanium (fluent conversation)
Oratory 12Interrogation 12Combat Skill Level: OCV +1 with spells

END
var

Bleeding Touch: Causes continual bleeding damage, good


for first attack
Cloak of Fear: +2 DCV (PRE roll by opponent reduces by
1), good to start out with
Demonhand: summons a remote six fingered hand to control, telekinesis, always useful
Fearsome Visage: terrifies opponents with presence attack,
can stop foes and cause them to flee
Painstorm: causes pain to all in area, good for groups
Retribution: causes damage to anyone who strikes the cultist, good to have up before fight
Screaming Eyes: blinds everyone in area except the caster,
good for escape or to get room
Touch of Life: heals significantly, good for allies or self.
The Priests have the base Touch of Life spell
Unnerve: causes trepidation in an area, useful for groups

Total Powers & Skills Cost: 42


Total Cost: 90
PTS
-20
-10

Disadvantages
Watched: Cult 14-, NCI, severe penalty
Distinctive: Evil Cultist EC/R

If the GM wants to simplify matters, he can just roll on the


table below for what spell the priest casts:

ROLL SPELL

Total Disadvantage Points: -30


Ecology: There are not many Cult Priests in the temple yet,
as the fame and power of the Evil Chaos Cult has not spread
far. Their plan is to wipe out and take over the Keep, but
they are building power slowly and learning the secrets of
the three altars. The Priests do most of the study while the
High Priest contacts their demon patron and organizes the
temple activities. Only a well-studied, particularly loyal and
evil acolyte can become a priest.

ROLL SPELL

Touch of Life*

Unnerve

Screaming Eyes

Fearsome Visage

Painstorm

Bleeding Touch

*If none of the priests, acolytes, or High Priest are harmed,


roll again and ignore this result.

Personality/Motivation: Although the individual priests


vary in exact personality, they are all evil and filled with lust
for power and dominance. They worship demons for personal gain, not out of any particular love for demons.

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evil chaos cult magic


BLEEDING TOUCH
EFFECT: Causes bleeding and steady damage
Active Cost: 25
Range: no
Real Cost: 4
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -2
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: 2
Side Effect: no
Casting Time: Delayed
Concentrate: no
Focus: OIF Bone Dust, consumed
This necromantic spell causes internal bleeding in the target
with but a touch. Bone Dust is smeared on the hands in
casting and the touch causes bleeding as long as the necromancer desires, or has life force to expend for the spell.
This loss of life is halted by any healing magic, the death of
the necromancer, or if any holy item touches the victim; or,
of course, when the Necromancers pool of BOD spent to
power the spell is expended.
POWERS: Drain 1D6 Body
MODIFIERS: Continuous (+1), Uncontrolled (+1/2);
Bonus (-1), Gesture (-1/4), Incantation (-1/4), Extra
Time Delayed Phase (-1/4), OIF Bone Dust, consumed
(-3/4), Only vs creatures that will bleed (-1/2)
[+1 1/2; -3]

CURSE OF DESPAIR
Weakens the targets will and confidence
Active Cost: 30
Range: 10
Real Cost: 5
Incantation: yes
Spell Roll: -3
Gesture: yes
Mana Cost: 3
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time: Phase
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: OAF
Curse of Despair curses the victim with low willpower and
confidence, making them fear the slightest thing and lack
the will to take action. At the higher levels, this affects a
large area of victims. If this spell is miscast, the demonic
lords visit despair on the mage instead.
POWERS: Drain 1D6 Presence and Ego
MODIFIERS: Ranged (+1/2), Recover per hour (+1),
Two Powers at once (+1/2); Bonus (-1), Gesture (-1/4),
Incantation (-1/4), OAF (-1), Extra Time Full Phase
(-1/2), Concentrate DCV (-1/4), Limited Range
(-1/4), Side Effect same effect on self (-1) [+2; -4 1/2]
CURSE OF VULNERABILITY
Short Description
Active Cost: 30
Range: no
Real Cost: 9
Incantation: yes
Spell Roll: -3
Gesture: yes
Mana Cost: 3
Side Effect: yes
Focus: OAF
Concentrate: DCV
Casting Time: Delayed
This curse weakens the targets defenses, making them more
vulnerable to attack. Because the spell is targeting defenses,
the effect is halved. If miscast the demons instead inflict
this plague on the caster.
POWERS: Drain 1D6 PD, ED
MODIFIERS: Two powers at once (+1/2); Bonus (-1),
OAF (-1), Gesture (-1/4), Incantation (-1/4), Concentrate DCV (-1/4), Extra Time Delayed Phase (-1/4),
Side Effect same effect on self (-1) [+1/2; -2 1/2]

CLOAK OF FEAR
EFFECT: Makes the caster so fearful that opponents cannot
hit effectively
Active Cost: 6
Range: no
Real Cost: 1
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -1
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: (2)
Side Effect: no
Casting Time: Phase
Concentrate: no
Focus: no
The Cloak of Fear wreathes the caster in howling skulls and
spectral forms, spiraling about his form constantly and unnerving opponents. Any who dare to attack the Necromancer from close range find themselves trembling, unable to
concentrate properly on their attack. This spell has no effect
on long-range attacks nor on creatures for whom fear is not
a concern (automatons and undead, primarily). The opponent makes an Presence roll each time they attack, which if
successful reduces the DCV granted by 1. For each point
the PRE roll is made by, the DCV Cloak of Fear grants is
reduced by an additional point.

POWERS: +3 DCV
MODIFIERS: Costs END Only to Start (+1/4); Bonus
(-1), Requires bone dust to cast (-1/4), No power on
holy ground (-1/4), Extra Time Full Phase focus (-1/2),
Gesture (-1/4), Reduced by PRE roll (-1/4), Incantation
(-1/4), Only for attacks within 6 (-1/4), No effect on
creatures that feel no fear (-1/4) [+1/4; -3 1/4]
EXPERT CLOAK OF FEAR: +2 DCV
Active Cost: 12 Real Cost: 3 Skill Roll: -1 Mana: (2)
MASTER CLOAK OF FEAR: +3 DCV
Active Cost: 19 Real Cost: 4 Skill Roll: -2 Mana: (4)

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DARK EMBRACE
EFFECT: Wraps target in blinding, painful shadows
Active Cost: 33
Range: 105
Real Cost: 5
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -4
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: 2
Side Effect: no
Casting Time: Phase
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: OAF
Dark Embrace wraps the target in a swirling, howling darkness that continually chills and wracks the victim with pain.
The shadow occasionally blocks vision briefly and continues to cause pain and damage as long as the caster wills,
although any healing or any healing spells or items used on
the target end the damage. The NND damage is resisted by
life support versus cold, 5 or more flash defense, or any
holy item held or on the person.
POWERS: Energy Blast 1D6; Flash 1D6 (sight)
MODIFIERS: Continuous (+1), Uncontrolled (+1/2),
END Cost (+1/4); Bonus (-1), OAF (-1), Incantation
(-1/4), Gesture (-1/4), Concentrate DCV (-1/4), Does
not work on holy ground (-1/2), Extra Time Full Phase
(-1/4) [+1 3/4; -4 1/2]
MODIFIERS (Energy Blast): NND (+1)
[+2 3/4; -4 1/2]
MODIFIERS (Flash): Linked to blast (-1/2)
[+1 3/4; -5]

FEARSOME VISAGE
EFFECT: Intimidates and frightens foes
Active Cost: 25
Range: Self
Real Cost: 5
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -2
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: 2
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time: Phase
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: OIF Cult Amulet
This spell calls upon the terrifying presence of the Demon
Lords, granting a tiny portion of their aura to the priest so
that for a brief moment he gains a terrifying visage. If miscast, the priest is blasted with fury from the Demon Lords
for meddling with them.
POWERS: Presence +25
MODIFIERS: Bonus (-1), Instant (-1/2), Side Effect
3D6 blast, 2D6 flash sight (-1), Extra Time full phase (1/2), Gesture (-1/4), Incantation (-1/4), OIF cult amulet
(-1/2), Concentrate DCV (-1/4), Offense Only (-1/2)
[+1 1/2; -4 1/4]
FLESH WORMS
EFFECT: Infests the target with flesh-eating worms
Active Cost: 30
Range: 150
Real Cost: 5
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -3
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: 6
Side Effect: no
Casting Time: Delayed
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: no
The necromancer causes flesh-eating worms to infest the
target, writhing and chewing their flesh. Although not
greatly damaging, it is horrific to experience, and can harm
even the most durable creatures. Naturally, the worms require flesh to devour, skeletons, elementals, and spirits are
immune to its effects for example. Should the victim make
a successful CON roll the worms vanish, called back the
graves they were pulled from. If the spell is miscast, it ages
the necromancer some, and it has no effect on holy ground.
The Flesh Worms will cease attacking eventually on their
own, but one can end their assault by touching any holy
item or receiving any heal effect or spell.
POWERS: Ranged Killing Attack D6 (vs PD)
MODIFIERS: Penetrating (+1/2), Continuous (+1),
Uncontrolled (+1/2), Costs END only to start (+1/4);
Bonus (-1), No effect on holy ground (-1/4), Only
against targets with solid tissue (-1/4), Stops if victim
makes CON roll (-1/2), Incantation (-1/4), Concentrate
DCV (-1/4), Gesture (-1/4), Extra Time Delayed
Phase (-1/4), Does not target areas (-1/2)
[+2 1/4; -4 1/2]

DEMONHAND
EFFECT: Summons a floating hand that can move objects
and attack
Active Cost: 25
Range: 125
Real Cost: 5
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -2
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: 2
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time: Turn
Concentrate: no
Focus: no
This spell summons a huge floating, disembodied hand with
six fingers and claw-like nails. This red, warty hand floats
about and obeys the caster's every wish, provided he has
enough will to force it to. This chest-sized hand can be
killed, after taking 4 BOD (it has 4 DEF) it will melt away
in a noisome mass. The hand must be forced into every new
action, with an EGO roll making the hand perform the act
with ten active points for each point the roll is made by. If
the spell is miscast, the hand appears and strangles the
caster with 20 STR to remove.
POWERS: Telekinesis 10 STR with Fine Manipulation
MODIFIERS: Bonus (-1), Gesture (-1/4), Incantation
(-1/4), Side Effect 1/2 D6 HKA continuous (-1), Extra
Time Full Turn (-1/2), EGO roll for control (-1/2)
[-3 1/2]

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PAINSTORM
EFFECT: Wracks everyone in an area with pain
Active Cost: 20
Range: no
Real Cost: 4
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -2
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: 2
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time: Delayed
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: OAF
A raging storm of physical agony rages in the area of this
spell, swirling misty colors and images of not-quite-visible
tortured souls swirl around the radius. For a moment anyone in its radius are wracked with pain. If Painstorm is
failed to be properly cast, it causes mental stupor in the
mage for an extended period.
POWERS: Ego Attack (1D6)
MODIFIERS: Area Effect: Mental (+1); Bonus (-1),
OAF (-1), Incantation (-1/4), Gesture (-1/4), Visible
(-1/4), Concentrate DCV (-1/4), Side Effect 1D6
Drain INT, recover 5 points per hour (-1/2), Extra Time
Delayed Phase (-1/4) [+1; -3 3/4]

RETRIBUTION
EFFECT: Punishes those who strike the priest
Active Cost: 15
Range: no
Real Cost: 3
Gesture: both hands
Spell Roll: -1
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: (2)
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time: Turn
Concentrate: 0 END
Focus: OIF Robes
This ritual empowers the priests robes with dread energies,
shimmering with black and purple. Anyone who attacks the
priest feels a piece of their soul torn away each time unless
they are magically protected. The magic is difficult to cast,
but when complete is effortless to continue. Miscasting Retribution rises the ire of the demon lord which manifests as a
painful, disorienting black fire over the priests body.
POWERS: Drain D6 Body
MODIFIERS: Recover per minute (+1/4), Damage
Shield (+1/2), Continuous (+1), Costs END Only to
Start (+1/4); Bonus (-1), OIF robes (-1/2), Gesture both
hands (-1/2), Incantation (-1/4), Concentrate 0 DCV (1/2), Extra Time Full Turn (-1/2), Side Effect 2D6 blast
and 1D6 drain INT (-1/2), No effect on automotons
(-1/4) [+2; -3 3/4]

PESTILENCE
EFFECT: causes a plague in the victim that spreads rapidly
and kills slowly
Active Cost: 25
Range: no
Real Cost: 3
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -2
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: 2
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time: Turn
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: OAF Corpse Candle
Rot and disease are the handmaidens of death, crawling the
ground as the rat and maggot, and winged in the air in the
fly and mosquito. With this spell, the necromancer is able
to give a horrible, crippling disease that kills in hours, but
worse can be transferred to others with only a touch. Each
hour, the pestilence does 1 Body damage to the victim, until
the Body spent to fuel the pestilence is expended. The Pestilence has no effect on someone holding a holy artifact of
some sort (holy symbol, relic, holy item) or to those with
any degree of immunity to disease. Casting this spell requires the Necromancer to touch the victim with a candle
made from wax rendered from the fat of a dead man, which
melts into the victims body.
POWERS: Ranged Killing Attack 1 Body
MODIFIERS: Continuous (+1), Uncontrolled (+1/2),
Sticky (+1/2), NND (+1), full damage (+1); Bonus
(-1), Gesture (-1/4), Damage Delayed per hour (-1/2),
Incantation (-1/4), Concentrate DCV (-1/4), Extra
Time Full Turn (-1), effect pauses on holy ground
(-1/4), OAF Corpse candle expended (-1 1/2), No
Range (-1/2), Cannot target (-1/2) [+4; -6]

SCREAMING EYES
EFFECT: Blinds all within a certain area
Active Cost: 22
Range: no
Real Cost: 3
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -2
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: (4)
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time:
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: OAF
This spell is a strange and frightening magic that causes all
creatures with eyes in the area to be blinded save the
caster. Those affected have their eyes replaced by tiny
screaming mouths, an effect that lasts as long as the spell
does and they remain in the area. When they leave the area,
the effect stops. Anyone outside the radius can see the
blinding effect (and hear the tiny screams) but can see into
the area without any hindrance.
POWERS: Darkness 1 radius versus sight
MODIFIERS: Personal Immunity (+1/4), Costs Body
only to Start (+1/4); Bonus (-1), Gesture (-1/4), Incantation (-1/4), Concentrate DCV (-1/4), Extra Time
Full Phase (-1/4), Does not work on holy ground (-1/4),
No effect on creatures without eyes (-1/4), No range
(-1/2), No effect on those outside the area (-1), OAF
(-1) [+1/2; -5 1/2]

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TERROR
EFFECT: Paralyzes the victim in fear
Active Cost: 30
Range: Mental
Real Cost: 6
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -3
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: 3
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time: Phase
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: OIF Bones
Wracking horror of the depths of hell overtakes the target of
this spell, freezing them in abject fear. If the victim can
break free of this terror, they can act again freely, but until
then they are paralyzed and no physical means can break
them out of this.
POWERS: Entangle 1 D6, 1 DEF
MODIFIERS: vs ECV (+1), Use EGO not STR (+1/4),
Takes no damage from Physical attacks (+1/4); Bonus
(-1), OIF bones (-1), Side Effect 2D6 Entangle and D6
PRE drain (-1), Extra Time full phase (-1/2), Gesture
(-1/4), Incantation (-1/4), Concentration DCV (-1/4),
Range based on EGO (-1/4) [+1 1/2; -4]

UNNERVE
EFFECT: Distracts and disturbs concentration
Active Cost: 19
Range: by EGO
Real Cost: 4
Gesture: yes
Spell Roll: -2
Incantation: yes
Mana Cost: (4)
Side Effect: no
Casting Time: Phase
Concentrate: no
Focus: OAF
This spell causes the target to feel a creeping, unnerving
sensation over their body. This effect causes the target to be
distracted and have problems casting spells and attacking.
The effect lasts as long as the caster desires to continue it or
loses the focus.
POWERS: Change Environment (heebie jeebies); -1
OCV, 2 r.
MODIFIERS: Costs END Only to Start (+1/4); Bonus
(-1), Extra Time Full Phase (-1/4), Single Target (-1/2),
Gesture (-1/4), Incantation (-1/4), OAF (-1), Range
based on EGO (-1/4), Target must have a mind (-1/4)
[+1/4; -3 3/4]

TOUCH OF LIFE
EFFECT: Heals the target
Active Cost: 17
Range: no
Real Cost: 4
Incantation: yes
Spell Roll: -2
Gesture: yes
Mana Cost: 2
Side Effect: yes
Casting Time: Phase
Concentrate: DCV
Focus: OAF
Curse of Despair curses the victim with low willpower and
confidence, making them fear the slightest thing and lack
the will to take action. At the higher levels, this affects a
large area of victims. If this spell is miscast, the demonic
lords visit despair on the mage instead.
POWERS: Heal 1D6 (Body, Stun, and Endurance)
MODIFIERS: Three Powers at Once (+3/4); Bonus
(-1), Gesture (-1/4), Incantation (-1/4), Extra Time Full
Phase focus (-3/4), Concentrate DCV (-1/4), Range
based on Ego (-1/4) [+2; -2 3/4]
MASTER TOUCH OF LIFE: 2D6
Active Cost: 35 Real Cost: 9 Skill Roll: -3 Mana: 3

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IRONHORN (area F30)


Val
23
16
17
12
10
11
18
10

Char Cost
STR 13
DEX 18
CON 14
BOD 0
INT
0
EGO 2
PRE 8
COM 0

6
4
4
8
34
38

PD
1
ED
1
SPD 14
REC 0
END 0
STN 5

Movement:

Cost
6
2
3
7
2
2
2
Cost
3
3
4
3
3
5

Roll
1412121111111311-

Ecology: Ironhorn is the Cheiftain of the Ram Clan Beastmen living in the Caves of Chaos. He rose quickly to
prominence in his tribe due to his great strength and stature,
and when the old chieftain died in a skirmish with the
Bloodthirst Orcs, Ironhorn stepped into power. No one
dared challenge him, and he has led the tribe well so far.
Although not loved, he is respected and obeyed by the other
Beastmen. Ironhorn rewards his best warriors and those
who show valor in combat with silver or gold arm bands:
those with more and of higher quality are more respected
and honored.

Humanoid

Notes
Lift 640kg: 4 1/2D6
OCV: 5 DCV: 5

PER Roll: 13-/15EGO Roll: 11ECV: 4


PRE Attack: 3 1/2D6

Total: 16 (10 rPD)


Total: 14 (10 rED)
Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12

Personality/Motivation: Ironhorn is a brute and a thug, he


loves to hurt his enemies and rules without mercy over his
own tribe. He takes what he wants and leaves the rest for
his tribe, but leads them very ably in battle and is fearless,
always in the front of any fight. It was Ironhorn who introduced the practice of eating foes, and promoted the most
cruel and bloodthirsty of his tribe to positions of power.

Total Characteristics Cost: 76


Running: 7/14
Leaping: 3 1/2/6 1/2

Powers/Tactics: Although Ironhorn can do a powerful


move through butting attack with his huge rack of horns, he
prefers to use his enchanted flail. Won at some cost from an
Ogre that the Bloodthirst Orcs hired to attack the Beastmen,
the flail is his prized possession. He wears heavy armor also
won in combat although the leggings wouldnt fit his Beastman form. Ironhorn drives straight into his enemies, relying
on his armor to keep him up as he hammers his foes with
crushing blows.

Powers
END
Tough: Armor 2 PD, 2 ED
Swift: Running 1 (7 total)
2
Keen Senses: Enhanced Perception +1 (all)
Horns: Hand-to-Hand Attack 2D6 (6 1/2D6 w/ 1
STR); Only to add to Strength Damage
Horns: Armor 2 PD; Head only
Fur: Life Support vs cold extremes
Jumper: Leaping +2 (5 1/2 total)
1

Appearance: Ironhorn, like his fellow Beastmen, is a bighorn sheep hybrid, with a bighorn head (with the impressive
curling rack) and short, dense brownish fur on the back and
white on the chest and throat. Ironhorn is scarred and is
missing his left ear, torn off in battle. He stands a full foot
taller than his fellow Beastmen, 66 and 250 pounds.

Skills and Talents


Survival 11Concealment 11Weapon Familiarity: common weapons
Environmental Movement: mountains and tiny
ledges
Combat Skill Level: OCV Move Through +1
Combat Skill Level: Hand-to-Hand Combat +1

Equipment: Plate Armor (locations 3-4, 6-7, 9-13)


Felstone Ember Flail
21 copper
4 silver
5 golden armbands worth 15 cp each

Total Powers & Skills Cost: 49


Total Cost: 125
PTS

Disadvantages

Total Disadvantage Points: -0

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JENSEN SEMMINS (area I59)


Val Char Cost
10 STR 0
14 DEX 12
13 CON 6
10 BOD 0
20 INT 10
18 EGO 16
18/43 PRE 8
14 COM 0
4
5
4
5
30
22
50
8

PD
2
ED
2
SPD 16
REC 0
END 2
STN 0
MAN 6
MREC 0

Movement:

Roll
1112121113121211-

Powers/Tactics: An indifferent fighter, Jensen prefers deception and the use of the temples guardian undead over
combat. In a fight, he will use magic if he must as described
below, preferring to stay back as a support character.

Humanoid

Notes
Lift 200kg: 2D6
OCV: 5 DCV: 5

His robes and amulet will grant good protection against the
PCs, and his amulet is enchanted to cast Cloak of Fear and
Retribution at the same time on command, once per day.

PER Roll: 13EGO Roll: 12ECV: 5


PRE Attack: 3 1/2D6 (8 1/2D6)

Campaign Use: The big bad guy of the adventure, Jensen is


the main boss. He is not as powerful as a boss might be, but
has a lot of help and good tactics, plus some very deadly
spells.

Total: 5 (1 rPD)
Total: 5 (1 rED)
Phases: 4, 8, 12

Appearance: A handsome man in his early thirties with


blue eyes and black hair. His robe and amulet are described
in the treasure section
Equipment: High Priest Cult Robes
Cult Amulet (special, see powers)
6D6 copper
2D6 silver

Total Characteristics Cost: 84


Running: 6/12
Leaping: 2/4

Cost
25

Powers
Magic (25 pts of spells)

Cost
4
4
5
14
1
2
3
3
3
3
1
2

Skills and Talents


Weapon Familiarity: Common weapons
PS: Cultist 13KS: Demons 14Magic Skill 19Literate
Language: Arcanium (fluent conversation)
Oratory 13Conversation 13Interrogation 13Combat Skill Level: OCV +1 with spells
Language: Dwarven (basic conversation)
Language: Perelen (fluent conversation)

Magic: A full write up of the spells the Evil Cult priests use
may be found following these character sheets, but a summary is provided here for the GMs convenience.

END
var

Bleeding Touch: Causes continual bleeding damage, good


for first attack
Cloak of Fear: +3 DCV (PRE roll by opponent reduces by
1), good to start out with
Curse of Despair: weakens resolve and courage, useful
against bold foes
Curse of Vulnerability: weakens defenses, good for support
magic while others fight the target
Dark Embrace: blinds and causes pain, good for casters
Demonhand: summons a remote six fingered hand to control, telekinesis, always useful
Fearsome Visage: terrifies opponents with presence attack,
can stop foes and cause them to flee
Flesh Worms: infests victim with worms continuously causing damage, good to use early
Painstorm: causes pain to all in area, good for groups
Retribution: causes damage to anyone who strikes the cultist, good to have up before fight
Screaming Eyes: blinds everyone in area except the caster,
good for escape or to get room
Terror: paralyzes a foe with fear, handy against anyone
Touch of Life: heals significantly, good for allies or self
Unnerve: causes trepidation in an area, useful for groups

Total Powers & Skills Cost: 70


Total Cost: 154
PTS
-20
-15

Disadvantages
Watched: Cult 14-, NCI, severe penalty
Distinctive: Evil Cultist C/R

Total Disadvantage Points: -30


Ecology: Jensen Simmons is the latest High Priest of the
Evil Cult. Jensen got the job after the previous High Priest
tried to summon too powerful a demon and was torn to
small pieces and scattered all around the temple. Each time
a new High Priest is needed, they are given their increased
power by a ritual in the shrine involving a human sacrifice
and given the vestments of the high priest to wear.

Using Fearsome Visage after hitting a few targets with


Curse of Despair is especially effective. If the GM wants to
simplify matters, he can just roll on the table below for what
spell Jensen casts:

ROLL SPELL

Personality/Motivation: The High Priest is amiable and


easy to like, very deceptive and crafty with his evil.

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ROLL SPELL

Bleeding Touch

Terror

Screaming Eyes

Dark Embrace

Flesh Worms

Curse of Vulnerability

THE MAD HERMIT (4 outside)


Val
8
14
11
9
18
13
13
10
2
3
3
6
26
25
30
6

Char Cost
STR -2
DEX 12
CON 6
BOD -2
INT
8
EGO 6
PRE 3
COM 0
PD
ED
SPD
REC
END
STN
MAN
MREC

Movement:

0
1
6
0
0
0
0
0

Roll
1112111113121211-

Personality/Motivation: Insane. Although very intelligent


and learned, the Mad Hermit has lost his senses and is utterly crazed and incapable of rational thought for more than
moments at a time. His primary motivation is to survive and
avoid the cult. If captured and taken anywhere, he will wail
and cry and moan the whole time, then become very quiet:
his heart gave out and he died. The Mad Hermit is impossible to save, a sad testament to the Evil Cult.

Humanoid

Notes
Lift 80kg: 1 1/2D6
OCV: 5 DCV: 6/7

PER Roll: 13EGO Roll: 12ECV: 4


PRE Attack: 2 1/2 D6

Powers/Tactics: The Mad Hermit uses his magic primarily


to fight with, even though he can use his walking stick as a
cudgel. He will have a +1 DCV Blur spell on him as well as
Leatherskin (both reflected in his stats). When he attacks he
screams about them not taking him again, how hell die before he joins them, and so on, casting spells constantly. Roll
on the table below for the spells he casts; they dont even
need to be tactically sound or for that matter safe.

Total: 2 (2 rPD)
Total: 3 (3 rED)
Phases: 4, 8, 12

ROLL SPELL

Total Characteristics Cost: 38


Running: 6/12
Leaping: 3/6

Cost
32

Powers
Magic: (Apprentice Castle, Fire, Novice
War)

Cost
20
9
2
1
1
1
1
3

Skills and Talents


Follower: Cougar
Magic Skill 16Familiarity with common melee weapons
PS: Mage 8Tactics 8Transport Familiarity: Horses and carts
Riding 8Combat Skill Level: DCV vs range +1

END
var

Fireball

Energy Blast 4D6 Explosion

Flamejet

RKA 2D6

Ember Sentinel

Summons Ember Sentinel

Ironfist

+4D6 Hand to hand attack

Slam

+1D6, +1 OCV to cudgel

Soot Cloud

Darkness 2 sight, personal


immunity

Even if a spell makes no sense, such as summoning the sentinel more than once, the Mad Hermit will do it: hes insane.
When he casts Ironfist, he will toss his walking stick down
and go punch people for 5 1/2D6 damage. He will do this
for D3 phases, then start casting spells again, picking up his
walking stick (which is his focus). If he casts Slam, hell hit
someone with his walking stick as the effect only lasts for 1
phase, he will hit for 5D6 with the stick while Slam is active.

Total Powers & Skills Cost: 57


Total Cost: 95
PTS
-10
-15

RESULT

Disadvantages
Psych Lim: Curious C/M
Phys Lim: Insane A/G

Campaign Use: The Mad Hermit is both an encounter to


challenge the PCs and a sad example of the Evil Chaos Cult
and its wickedness. PCs who meet both should have no
problem drawing the connection between the two

Total Disadvantage Points: -25

Appearance: The Mad Hermit is disheveled, wearing filthy,


tattered rags, with long mangy hair and medium long beard
both matted and littered with twigs, leaves, and dirt. His
body bears clear signs of extended, expert torture. His eyes
are vacant and insane.

Ecology: The Mad Hermit was once a traveling mage who


lent his abilities for pay, assisting Lords and peasants alike
in his desire to see the world. However, in his travels he
was part of a caravan coming to the Keep with reinforcements and goods when Orcs attacked. Most of the caravan
was killed, and though the soldiers drove the Orcs off, they
took prisoners with them, including the Hermit. Captured
and taken to the Evil Chaos Cult, he was tortured for weeks
trying to find out if he was a spy. Finally, given a few days
of respite as the cult dealt with their ghoulish founding High
Priest (see area 62 in the Caves of Chaos), the hermit managed to escape. Although his body healed as he hid from his
pursuers, his mind never did. Now he haunts the area, insane, seeking revenge on all he encounters, seeing everyone
as cultists.

Equipment: Walking Stick (acts as a club)


Mirror (for a quest)

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PTDRSL@SQHW
PTDRSL@SQHW
This is a chart listing all of the quests in this module that the characters can undertake, by type. The quest is listed
by name, its primary target or purpose, the starting point, and the area the quest may be found or finished, if applicable. There are 23 quests, some of which can be repeated, available in this adventure. Players should keep track of
what quests they are on, by name and the GM can track them with this chart as they are worked on. However players should be informed that if they fail to finish a quest, they will be less popular in the keep, so they need to be sure
to take only the ones that they intend to and can reasonably finish, rather than just everything then drop some later.
NAME

TARGET

START AREA

FOUND

Comfort the Sick

Little Gemmy

Keep

7, Keep

Deliver the Love Letter

Miss Ceilia

Keep

7, Keep

Ears

Monsters

12, Keep

Anywhere outside the Keep

Find the Bandit Camp

Bandit Camp

12, Keep

3, Surrounding Map

Find the Caves of Chaos

Location of Caves

12, Keep

5, Surrounding Map

Flowers

Star Blossom

7c, Keep

Surrounding Area, outdoors

Forbidden Fruit

Crimson Plums

Keep

2, Surrounding Map

Furs

Any furs

10, Keep

Anywhere outside the Keep

Horkins Stash

Horkin

Keep

7b, Keep

Meet the Guildmaster

Meet Volan Enian

16, Keep

Finish The Spy quest (below)

Special Delivery

The Patrol

Keep

Outside the Keep

Three Coins

Fountain Square

Keep

13, Keep

Tricks are for Adults

Tavern or Inn owner

Keep

14 and 15, Keep

Find the Evil

Locate the source of evil

27, The Keep

58, Caves of Chaos

Get Figs

The Bandit Leader

12, Keep

3, Outside

The Book

Book of Hymns and Prayers

17, Keep

16, Caves of Chaos

The Dress

Fine Silk Dress

26, The Keep

5, Caves of Chaos

The Mirror

The Mad Hermits Mirror

16, Keep

4, Outside

The Spy

The Spy in the Keep

12, Keep

21, Caves of Chaos

Wipe Out

Caves of Chaos

16, Keep

Caves of Chaos

Delinquent Taxes

Taxes, Jimson Vane

27, The Keep

22 and 24, Caves of Chaos

Destroy the Altars

Altars in the Evil Chaos Cult Temple 27, The Keep

58, Caves of Chaos (and others)

Rescue the Lady

Lady Nermina

64, Caves of Chaos

MINOR QUESTS

MAJOR QUESTS

KEEP QUESTS

27, The Keep

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The areas covered have 1 PD, ED armor because of the


enchantment of the robes, which are emblazoned on
the back with a black, six-fingered fist. Sells for 15
copper.

SQD@RTQDRHMSGHR
QD@RTQDRHMSGHR
@CUDMSTQD
@CUDMSTQD
ARROW TREE: This item looks mundane enough
when not active, like a typical beechwood staff, four
feet long. However, if stuck into the ground overnight, it will magically sprout arrows in the morning,
producing 3D6+6 arrows each day. Each of the arrows is magical (for the purposes of creature resistant
to non magical weapons), and have +2 range modifier
on them. The arrows dissolve at nightfall. Sells for 6
sp.

ENCHANTED GREASE: This potion is not to be


taken internally, it smells like thick old grease and
looks like bluish vegetable oil. When poured out, it
rapidly covers a huge area (4 radius, conforming to
the area, so it spreads out to fill more if it cant get to
the full radius). It can be thrown up to 6 away and
will shatter if its 1 defense is exceeded by the strength
of the thrower against any hard surface. The affected
area is coated with a blue grease that makes movement
very difficult. In this area, all running is reduced by
3 (minimum 1 move), all DEX rolls not involving the
hands are reduced by -2, and everything in the area
must continually fight a 1D6, 1 DEF entangle vs DEX
that acts every phase the character moves. This grease
lasts for D6 minutes then evaporates, leaving a stain.
Sells for 5 silver

QUALITY BEASTHIDE SHIELD: This very high quality shield is made from the hide of a stingworm and is
so light and easy to wield that it will not cause any encumbrance penalties (ignore the weight of the shield
for encumbrance, although it still has weight).
BOLD SHIELD: This magical shield is enchanted so
that the bearer feels as bold as the lion portrayed on
the front. While held the shield grants +3 ECV versus
any fear-based mental effects and +10 presence, only
for defense.

ENCHANTED WHETSTONE: This finely polished


whetstone has a rune on one side that is slightly green
in color. Any weapon polished for at a turn a 1D6 Aid
to OCV and HKA at the same time (so it will usually
take more than a turn to get the full 5 point effect for
both powers). This Aid fades 5 points per hour, and
each turn of polishing uses up one charge of the whetstone, which starts at 16 charges. Sells for 7 Silver.

BRACERS OF WARDING: These well crafted brass


bracers are etched with silver and grant 5 PD hardened
against ranged attacks while worn. They are worth 17
silver each if sold.
COLLAR OF FERAL POWER: This black leather collar is studded with iron rivets and is enchanted so that
whatever animal it is placed on will gain the Feral Animal template. This does not make the animal any
more loyal or friendly, but it does give them considerable power. The collar will fit any animal from one
level of shrinking to one level of growth. Sells for 25
sp.

ENCLOSED COMPASS: This is a very fine Dwarvenmade compass with a hardened case protecting the
works inside. It will usually point north unless something is disturbing the magnetic field (like a mountain)
or magic cloaks the area. The case is 5 defense and 1
body, and it latches shut so the compass wont open by
accident. It takes a full phase of 0 DCV concentration
to read the compass. Sells for 20 sp

CULT AMULET: This bronze amulet is in the shape of


a fist with six fingers surrounded by flames that have
been lacquered in red. It is worth 6 silver, but it also
has a magical power. While worn, the character gains
+1 DCV and 2 PD, ED armor against any forces of
good (as in, the PCs and their allies). It also acts as a
Cult badge of office. This will not sell in the keep.

FELSTONE EMBER FLAIL: This black metal flail is


glossy like obsidian and looks very impressive. The
swinging head of the flail is nine inches long and studded with short pyramidal spikes and glows a red. The
glow is not blazing, its barely enough to read by when
held close to paper, but it is visible and looks good.
This enchantment gives the weapon extra damage and
converts the damage to energy, heating the head with
each hit to burn the foe.

CULT ROBES: These black and dark red robes cover


the wearer on locations 3-4 (if the black hood is up)
and 7-17.
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HEALING POTION: The healing potions found in this


adventure smell of limes and have a peach color. They
taste of limes and ice cream and heal 3D6 as if it is normal damage. Drinking this potion takes a half phase
action. A Healing Potion will sell for 7 silver.

MAGIC BEAD CHARM: These cheap glass beads have


a minor enchantment on them; twice per day they
grant a phase of +1 to all perception rolls when rubbed
and concentrated upon. This charm will sell for 1 silver.

HEAVY KNUCKS: These leather gauntlets are fitted


with a bar across the knuckles for extra punching
power. They grant 1 PD armor to location 6 and cannot be worn with other armor, but also give 1D6 extra
normal damage to any attack with the fists (including
martial arts). No familiarity is required to use the
knucks. These will sell for 65 copper.

MANA JADE: This jade lozenge is pierced for a thong


but is loose. It will if held and willed, grant a 2D6 heal
to Mana once per day. While held or worn, the Mana
Jade also gives a +1 to all Mana Recovery. The Mana
Jade sells for 12 silver
PENDANT OF LIFE: While worn, this silver and jade
pendant can be called upon to heal for 3D6 as if dealing normal damage, one a day. The pendant will sell
for 15 silver as well.

HIGH PRIEST CULT ROBES: These red and black


robes look very similar to the Cultist Robes above, but
have gold thread embroidered on the trim and are of
finer material. They also cover the same hit locations
(3-4, 7-17) but give 4 PD, ED armor instead of 1.
These robes will sell for 8 silver

PIERCING BATTLE AXE OF THE FEATHER: This


Dwarven Steel axe is plain looking, but it has a sheen of
bluish energy like oil over the surface that clearly
marks it as magical. This weapon costs no Endurance
to wield (unless the character pushes their strength)
and it is further enchanted to ignore some of the opponents defenses. Count the Body on the dice as if it is a
normal attack; that much rPD is ignored.

KEY CHARM: This old skeleton key is made of polished brass, it is unlikely to fit any but the most simple,
old locks, but while worn it gives a minor magical effect. Each time any bleeding dice are rolled, add 1 to
the chance to stop bleeding (so a chance of 1-2 becomes 1-3). This charm will sell for 1 silver

POORLY CRAFTED SWORD: This sword looks serviceable, but anyone with a successful weaponsmithing
skill roll can tell it is poorly made. Any attack other
than just a straight swing and hit (sweep, move by,
called hit location, etc) is at a -1 OCV penalty with this
weapon, which is also slightly heavier and weaker than
normal.

LIGHT HEALING POTION: This potion tastes and


smells of Kiwi and is a greenish color. It takes half a
phase to drink and heals 2D6 as if dealing normal damage. This potion will sell for 5 silver.
MAGES LONGSWORD OF PARRYING: This
Bloodiron longsword is slim and well-crafted, with the
crossguard and grip in the shape of a pegasus spreading
its wings. While held this sword grants Mana +10,
Mana Recovery +1, +1 to magic skill roll and while
attacking grants +1 DCV.

POTION OF ARROWBLOCK: This potion smells


like willow leaves and tastes like oil. It has no color,
but if the half phase to drink it is taken, for one hour it
grants 10 rPD hardened Armor and +2 DCV, both
only versus missiles of any kind. Sells for 44 copper

MAGEBAND: This coronet is made from Felstone and


pearls in a simple repeating geometric design. While
worn, the Mageband grants +2 to Magic Skill and 4
extra spell slots (with no subtraction to the magic skill
roll when used). Sells for 42 sp.

POTION OF HEALTH: This potion tastes like pure


clean spring water and has a slightly bluish tint, but it
smells like daisies. When drank, the potion heals 3D6
stun and END (count the roll as a normal attack the
stun on the dice heals stun the body on the dice
heals END at 4 END per body rolled). It takes a half
phase to drink. Sells for 75 copper.

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POTION OF VIGOR: This bright yellow potion tastes


like syrup and has no smell. It takes a full phase to
drink because it is so thick, but it grants a 4D6 END
Aid that fades per hour. Sells for 10 silver.
POUCH OF CRITTERS: This is a silken pouch about
the size of a dice bag of rich purple with a golden colored drawstring. It looks very valuable, and is enchanted with a whimsical spell. Each sunbloom, the
pouch creates a little furry ball inside the size of a ping
pong ball. When pulled out and thrown to the
ground, it summons an amimal at random that serves
the character willingly (it can understand his commands) for one task before vanishing. Roll D66 on the
table below for what animal appears:
ROLL

RESULT

11

Aardvark

12

Arrowhead Rattler

13

Bat

14

Blacksnake

15

Buffalo

16

Camel

21

Cougar

22

Crocodile

23

Deer

24

Elephant

25

Fox

26

Giraffe

31

Griffcat

32

Grizzly Bear

33

Guard Dog

34

Hawk

35

Hunter Bat

36

Kangaroo

41

Mongoose

42

Monkey

43

Mountain Goat

44

Otter

45

Quill Rat

46

Red Bear

51

Rhinoceros

52

Riding Horse

ROLL

RESULT

53

Sewer Rat

54

Swarm of Bees

55

Swan

56

Tortoise

61

Vorax

62

War Horse

63

Weasel

64

Wild Boar

65

Wolf

66

Yale

Only one creature may be summoned per day. Sells


for 20 silver.
PURE DAGGER OF BITING: This glossy black
Felstone dagger is curved like a fang and the hilt is
wrapped with green wyvern hide. It is enchanted to
do average damage every hit (so it does 3 body per die
and 2 per half die). When the dagger hits, it deals
penetrating damage.
QUALITY MEDIUM CROSSBOW: This bow is so
well crafted that on a 14- chance, it deals +1 damage
class to what the quarrel strikes. Each time the activation roll succeeds, it reduces by 1 chance (becoming
13-, 12-, and so on) until the crossbow is repaired.
RING OF RELIANCE: This ring is made of Aetherstone, a greenish eerie stone that feels odd. While
worn, it grants any one weapon wielded per phase +1
Damage Class damage (any KA or normal damage),
and the attacks do average damage: 3 points per full
die, 2 points per half die. This ring will sell for 17 sp.
RING OF SILENT SPEECH: These rings are all identical, they look like silver rings with a repeating diamond pattern etched into them. The rings have the
power to speak silently with thoughts for a limited
time period each day with anyone else wearing one of
the rings in a mile. The person spoken to must be
known to establish contact (if someone slips on the
ring without you knowing, you cant contact them).
Each ring will allow the wearer to speak 100 words a
day silently, using Mind Link. The rings sell for 5 silver each.

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RUNES: All runes are found loose and on gray Vanth


stones about the size of a poker chip. Each has a specific Dwarven rune on both sides, and is enchanted to
bond to an item and grant it increased power. When a
rune is set into a piece of armor or a weapon, it is permanent, changing nothing about the balance or weight
of the weapon Some items are so potent or enchanted
that they can take more than one rune in them, but
most can only have one rune attached. Runes cannot
be removed from items without destroying the rune
and possibly damaging the item. Attaching a rune is as
simple as an Ego roll and a phase out of combat concentrating at 0 DCV on the item.

Scrolls are fragile, each having no defense and 1 body.


Any open fire such as a fireball spell will quickly destroy a scroll unless they are stored in a container.
SPELL SCROLLS: There are several spell scrolls in
this module, each one written on Parchment.
ALCHEMY: transforms small loose items in a hex
into their coin value, combining all value into the
least coin (so 25 copper value would become 2 silver, 5 copper). The power is limited, only a 1D6
transformation, so the items must be rather small
and minor.
BALM: This spell heals any severe malady such as an
impaired or disabled part, a missing limb or eye, or
any such physical trauma to a single target. It also
heals 1D6 Body, but has no effect on disease or poison.
FIREBALL: This spell casts a 5D6 energy blast explosion that fades rapidly at the edges losing 2D6/1.
The fireball is conforming, Thus if it cannot expand
to its full size, it will spill out into halls or collapse in
on its self as described in the Hero System Rules.
GREATER CURE: This scroll heals 4D6 as if dealing
normal damage to a single target.
UNMAGIC: This scroll dispels 8D6 of any one magic
spell it is directed against.
WAINWRIGHT: This scroll summons a cart that
with an ox to pull it that will last for a full day. The
cart can carry 1600 kg of weight in a bed four feet
by five feet by two feet. Once the spell wears off,
the wagon vanishes, dumping the contents on to the
ground.

RUNE OF SILVER: This rune is set in weapons, and


when attached coats the business end of the weapon
with silver (it will not work on ranged weapons, but
it would work on a single arrow). This silver will
affect certain creatures more severely (such as vampires or werewolves) but also adds a +1 OCV and +1
damage class bonus to the weapon against undead and
demons of any kind.
RUNE OF TARGETING: This rune only works on
ranged weapons, eliminating all range modifiers on
the weapon it is attached to.
SOULWARD RUNE: When attached to any piece of
armor, this rune grants the wearer as much Power
Defense as the individual piece has Body (thus, it is
usually best to put it into a larger section such as a
breastplate or hauberk).
SCOUTS CLOAK: This nondescript brownish gray
cloak is short, only three feet long. While worn, it
grants Night Vision (negating penalties of being outdoors during night time) and gives a +1 bonus to all
Stealth, Shadowing, Concealment, and Climbing rolls.
The cloak will sell for 13 silver

PROTECTION SCROLLS: All protection scrolls


have the same basic function, enchanting everyone
within a 1 radius of the reader (the six hexes adjacent
to the one he stands in) with the magic for twenty
minutes. For the sake of convenience, the GM can
rule that this is 20 areas (passageways, rooms) passed
through in the Caves of Chaos, unless the party specifically stays for an extended period of time in one
area.

SCROLLS: All scrolls are magical spells written with


special ink that are released by reading the words of
power written on them. When a scroll is read, it is
destroyed. Each scroll requires both literacy and the
ability to read Arcanium in order to use. Reading a
scroll takes a full phase of 1/2DCV concentration, doing nothing else, reading out loud. At the end of this
time, the spell is cast, and if it must be maintained it
uses the Mana of the reader unless otherwise specified
by the specific scroll.

FIRE: +3 DCV and 5D6 Suppress versus all fire and


heat special effects
MAGIC: +1 DCV and 2D6 Suppress versus all magical special effects
UNDEAD: +3 DCV and 5rPD/rED armor vs any
attacks by undead
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WEAPONS: Grants +1 DCV and 3rPD/rED armor


versus all non-magical weapons

The silence area must be maintained by the wand at the


cost of 2 mana per phase, and the wand has only 24
mana left. This wand can be recharged at the cost of 2
copper per mana or by any mage who knows the Silence spell. This wand will sell for 19 silver +1 copper per charge left in it.

SAFETY PLATE HELM OF THE MULE: This full


plate helm is of a simple design with a crest like a rearing bull. It is made of Star Iron and when worn it prevents bleeding of all kinds and grants +10 strength
only for the purposes of determining encumbrance.

WATCHMANS DRAUGHT: When drunk, this


spicy, orange potion grants night vision, life support vs
sleep, and danger sense (out of combat, for the immediate area) 12- for 8 hours. Sells for 15 sp

STAFF OF WARDING: This oaken staff is a poor


weapon (treat as a rod) but it is enchanted to give the
wielder +1 DCV. If stuck into the ground, it also will
establish an Alarm spell in a 3 radius for 8 hours. The
conditions the alarm sounds are defined when the spell
is activated with a -1 Magic or Invocation skill roll and
2 Mana. The staff will sell for 22 silver.

WEAPON WASH: This silvery, acrid smelling liquid


is not meant to be drunk, it tastes awful and chalky,
giving no magical benefit. However, if any weapon is
washed with this potion, it gains +1 OCV for 20 minutes and is permanently treated as magical for the purposes of creatures protected from normal weapons.
There is enough in the bottle to treat 15 damage
classes of weapons (thus, a greatsword with 6 damage
classes would take almost half the bottle). It will work
on ranged weapons as well, temporarily enchanting the
ammunition when it strikes. This will sell for 75 cp.

STALWART SHIELD OF THE SUN: A well-crafted


Eilhas medium shield in the shape of a disc that is enchanted to grant +5 stun and +1 CON to the bearer.
It also glows like a torch, casting 2 of light around the
bearer and giving both Life Support vs cold extremes
and 5 sight Flash Defense. The light will only glow on
command, but the other enchantments always work.

WIZARD WAND: This slim willow wand has tiny


runes etched in a spiral around it, washed in ink so
they stand out. The Wand does not cast any spells in
its self, but when held in one hand while casting spells,
it reduces the mana cost of the spells by half (any spell
costing 1/2 Mana costs 1/4 instead of zero). Only
spells up to 75 active points can be reduced, anything
over that level the wand has no effect on. Because one
hand is taken up with the wand, any spell that requires
both hands to gesture cannot be cast while holding
this. The Wizard Wand sells for 25 silver.

THROWING AXE OF DISTANCE: This hand axe is


enchanted so that it has +4 range modifier, and can be
thrown accurately at great distances. The axe also may
be thrown twice as far as the character normally could
throw something of its weight. It is an ordinary looking axe, but it has a runed cloth tightly wrapped
around the handle.
WAND OF MENDING CHARM: This wand is made
of a hexagonal rod of copper a foot long. The handle
area is smooth and round, the opposite end slightly
tapered. To activate the wand requires a -1 Magic or
Invocation skill roll and 1 Mana which is paid for out of
the Wands limited store of mana. Although the wand
can hold 50 mana, at present this one only has 10 mana
left. It can be recharged by any mage who knows the
spell, costing 1 cp per mana from a merchant mage.
This wand will sell for 11 silver +1 copper per charge.

WOLFEN CLOAK: A Wolfen Cloak is a fur cloak,


usually from a bear, which Wolfen make for themselves to travel in the coldest times. It has a hood and
can be wrapped all around the body while seated, making a furry mound that leaves a fur-screened slit to
look out of. While worn, the Wolfen Cloak negates 2
temperature levels of cold (so a TL -3 day would be
treated as -1 to someone wearing a Wolfen Cloak).
However, it adds 1 temperature level to warm days
(anything over TL 1) because of the insulation.
Wolfen Cloaks sell for 75 copper.

WAND OF SILENCE: This wand is made from a


socket of fine Helvorn wood that has a slim section of
Velune fitted into it. With a -2 Magic or Invocation
skill roll and 2 of the wands stored mana, this will cast
a Silence spell.

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ARMOR TABLE
ARMOR TYPE

rPD

rED

PD

ED

KG WT

ADEF

BOD

CP COST

Bone Breastplate*

.15

25

Minotaur Chain Hauberk

26.0

16

260

Ogre Fur Armor

6.65

10

56

Safety Helm of the Mule

10

10

1.76

254

*May be worn over any armor

SHIELD TABLE
SHEILD

CP COST

CV

DEF

BOD

SIZE

KG WT STR MIN

Beasthide Shield

45

+2

3..6

Stalwart Shield of the Sun

175

+3

10

5.95

11

WEAPON TABLE
FLAILS

OCV

RNG
MOD

DAMAGE

STN
MOD

STR
MIN

DEF

Felstone Ember Flail2

(+1)

--

1D6

--

1.8

310

Stone Hammer

--

--

D6-1

+1

12

2.1

11

Stone Dagger

+1

--

D6

--

1.2

--

+2

D6+1

--

1.75

95

--

+1

D6+1

--

1.35

140

--

--

(7D6)

--

16/19

2.4

48

Throwing Axe of Distance


Quality Light Crossbow

Ogre Club
Poorly Crafted Sword

BOD KG WT

CP
COST

+1

--

D6+1

--

10

2.00

30

--

(1)

D6+1

--

1.31

400

Piercing Battle Axe of Ease

--

--

1D6

--

8/11

1.91

300

Mages Longsword of Parrying

+1

--

D6+1*

--

10

2.00

320

Pure Dagger of Biting

+1

--

D6

--

0.8

120

Velune Spear

*If this weapon deals body damage to a target that can bleed it becomes a 1D6 HKA for 12 segments.

LNMRSDQRDMBNTMSDQDCHMSGHR@CUDMSTQD
LNMRSDQRDMBNTMSDQDCHMSGHR@CUDMSTQD
Land Leech
Megapede
Mercenary Archer
Mercenary Captain
Mercenary Cavalry
Mercenary Footman
Mercenary Mage
Mercenary Thug
Minotaur
Ogre
Orc
Quill Rat
Saurian

For conveniences sake, here is a list of the monsters


that are encountered in the text of this module. There
are others than can be encountered (such as the animals that the Pouch of Critters can summon or the
random encounters in the caves of the surrounding
area) but these are the static, defined encounters.
Bear (red)
Beastmen (Hyena Clan )
Beastmen (Ram Clan)
Bloodfang Vermin
Cougar
Death Spite

Dvergar
Fire Beetle
Ghoul
Goblin
Gravemist
Hobgoblin
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Sewer Rat
Skeleton (Human)
Spiderling
Spite Bloom
Spitter
Swarmwing
Venom Hopper
Wolf
Zombie

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THE CAVES OF CHAOS

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COMBAT RECORD SHEET


CHARACTER

DEX

CHARACTER

PD

SPD

rPD

ED

80

rED

MOVEMENT

10

11

12

OCV

DCV

ECV

PER Roll

HERO RECORD SHEET

EYES:

HAIR:

HEIGHT:

WEIGHT:

Name:
Player:

STATUS:

Copyright Hero Games


TURN

END

10

11

12

REC

NOTES

1
2
3
4
5
6

CHARACTERISTIC ROLLS

STR:

DEX:

CON:

INT:

PER:

EGO:

MOVE:

10
KO=Knocked Out

S=Stunned

F=Flashed

A=Aborted

D=Delayed

LOCATION

0-2

3-4

5-8

9-12

13-16

17-24

25-32

22-48

49-64

-0

-1

-2

-3

-4

-5

-6

-7

-8

COMBAT MANEUVERS

POSSESSIONS
ITEM

RNG
MOD

WEIGHT

DEF

BOD

MANEUVER

STUN

TIME

OCV

DCV EFFECT

Block

+0

+0

abort, block

Brace

+2

only for range mod

Disarm

-2

+0

STR vs STR contest

Dodge

+0

+3

vs all attacks

Grab

-1

-2

STR vs STR contest

Haymaker

+0

-5

+4 damage classes

Move By

-2

-2

STR/2 + V/5

Move Through*

-V/5

-3

STR+V/3

Set

+1

+0

Strike

+0

+0

by STR or weapon

HIT LOCATIONS
3D6 LOCATION

NSTN

BOD

CV

Top of Head

x5

x2

x2

-5

Neck

x5

x2

x2

-5

Face

x5

x2

x2

-5

Hands

x1

-4

TRAVEL WEIGHT

Lower Arm

x2

-4

COMBAT WEIGHT

Upper Arm

x2

-4

Shoulder

x3

x1

x1

-3

10

Chest

x3

x1

x1

-3

11

Chest

x3

x1

x1

-3

12

Stomach

x4

x1

x1

-4

13

Vitals

x4

x1

x2

-5

14

Thighs

x2

x1

x1

-4

15

Upper Leg

x2

-3

16

Knee

x3

x1

-4

17

Lower Leg

x2

-3

18

Feet

x1

-4

END/
TURN

ENCUMBRANCE

WEAPON

OCV

RNG

DMG

CV SKILL
MOD ROLL

STN
MOD

STR
MIN

MOVEMENT

DEF

BOD

STN

OCV:

DEF

DCV:

81 ECV:

Ave DEF:

PD

rPD

ED

rED

BODY

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